Two separate shorthanded breakaways gave the visiting Blackhawks the goals they needed to overcome the Flames.
Jacob Dowell, in his first NHL game, started the scoring by picking up a puck misplayed by Alex Tanguay, and at 5:29 of the second period netted his first National Hockey League goal.
The 22-year-old Dowell was called up from the Rockford IceHogs Monday to replace the injured Rene Bourque, who is currently out with a broken thumb and not expected to return until late December.
Calgary responded at 12:17 of the second period, during an Andrei Zyuzin penalty. Flames captain Jarome Iginla scored his 13th goal of the season off a pass from Dion Phaneuf.
Thursday night also marked Iginla’s 800th game in the NHL, three games short of the Flames' all-time leader, Al Macinnis.
The game-winner came just 32 seconds into the third period—once again on the penalty kill—when Patrick Sharp pushed his 11th goal of the season past Calgary netminder Miikka Kiprusoff.
Even though Sharp's goal was the only scoring in the third period, the Flames dominated the final frame, holding Chicago to just two shots on goal while firing 15 at Khabibulin.
It was a disappointing contest for the home team, who were only able to get one goal on 31 shots. The Flames only allowed 14 shots on goal during the game, but let Chicago players slip into their zone all alone on two different ocassions—and the Blackhawks were able to convert both opportunities into points on the board.
The Calgary Flames look to get a winning streak going on Saturday, when they face off against the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center in Denever. The Flames defeated Colorado 4-1 on Tuesday night.
The Blackhawks look to keep their impressive season rolling Saturday night, when they take on the Edmonton Oilers at Rexall Place. A victory over the Oilers would be Chicago's third road win.