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Flames tip Blackhawks in OT 5-4

CALGARY, Alberta -- Antti Raanta's return to the site of his first NHL victory didn't produce the same fond memories Tuesday night.

The Chicago Blackhawks goaltender gave up four goals in the Flames' first 15 shots at the Saddledome through the first and second periods before being pulled in favor of Corey Crawford.

The Blackhawks still were able to stay even with the Flames through three periods, but they fell short when T.J. Brodie scored a wraparound goal on Crawford with 2 minutes, 26 seconds to go in overtime for a 5-4 victory.

"It feels pretty bad," Raanta said. "Our guys were playing good. We scored four goals, so that's enough to win a game. So that always feels bad when you can't help the team and you can't make the key saves.

"I hope guys don't get frustrated and will be ready to play (Wednesday night against the Canucks so) we get two points."

The Blackhawks were looking for a refresher in the first game of a six-game western swing, but instead they will bring a four-game losing streak into Vancouver.

"It's just not happening," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said of overtime games. "... We have enough assets in there in overtime. We have to find a way to make it happen."

Marian Hossa scored twice in the first two periods for the Hawks, and Patrick Kane and Ben Smith added goals.

Lance Bouma and Matt Stajan each scored for the Flames and Mikael Backlund had two goals, including one short-handed midway through the second period that prompted Raanta's removal. Raanta had earned his first NHL victory in Calgary on Nov. 27.

"I didn't like the first couple of goals," Quenneville said. "They were going in on him, but it was an easy time to pull him."

Forwards Bryan Bickell and Brandon Pirri both returned to the lineup Tuesday, Bickell after Quenneville benched him Sunday against the Jets. He played 10 minutes and he skated on a line with Andrew Shaw and Brandon Saad that was on the ice for the Flames' third goal.

"(Being benched) was frustrating, but as my game has been going, I feel like I deserved to sit out," Bickell said. "He wants to get me angrier on the ice and bring my physical game to get me more in the game. It shows an example to myself and the locker room that no matter how many years (you have) as a player, you still can find your way out of the lineup. I know I haven't deserved to be (in it), but hopefully I can turn it around on this trip."

While Michal Handzus took a rest day, Pirri was recalled Monday from AHL Rockford and played in his first Hawks game since Dec. 3. He played 15:05 and centered the second line with Kris Versteeg and Kane.

"He's an offensive-minded player who needs to play with offensive guys, so hopefully me, him and Kaner will be good for us," Versteeg said. "We played a few games together before and had some success, so we'll keep rolling from the times we have played together."

Pirri has six goals and five assists in 24 games this season, but Quenneville said he wants to see him progress in his defensive game.

"Being a full 200-foot player is a big part of everyone's game," Pirri said. "That's something I went down there to work on."

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