If there is one thing Blackhawks coach Trent Yawney knows about goaltender Adam Munro it's that he bounces back well from adversity.
That was evident Thursday night when Munro earned his first NHL shutout and the Hawks' first this season in a 2-0 win over the Northwest Division-leading Calgary Flames.
Munro stopped 26 shots in his 13th career game, besting Flames goalie Mikka Kiprusoff.
"It's a great feeling," Munro said. "It's good to get back in there and have a solid game and get some confidence back."
Last Sunday, Munro was pulled midway through a 3-2 loss to Minnesota after letting two shots from just inside the blue line go through his pads.
"I feel like I can bounce back pretty quickly from a bad game or a few bad goals," Munro said. "I felt like tonight was a lot better. Getting the win was the biggest thing."
The game was a scoreless and rather dull affair until 13 minutes 49 seconds into the third period. On the Hawks' seventh power play of the night, Martin Lapointe was able to bang in a rebound of a Mark Bell shot to break the ice and give the Hawks only their second power-play goal in their last six games.
Until Bell's shot and Lapointe's rebound, the Hawks had managed only three shots on goal on six power plays.
"Tonight we only needed one goal on the power play and we got it," Lapointe said.
Only 1:23 after Lapointe's goal, Kyle Calder picked off a cross-ice pass from Roman Hamrlik with the Flames on a power play. Calder was able to beat Kiprusoff high to the glove side for only the Hawks' third short-handed goal this season.
The Hawks had a big scare midway through the third period when Brent Seabrook appeared to reinjure his left knee after being hit by Calgary's Marcus Nilson. Seabrook, still wearing a brace on the knee he hurt in December, said the injury wasn't bad and he expected to practice Friday.
The Hawks moved one of their most marketable veterans Thursday when they sent defenseman Jaroslav Spacek to Edmonton for Finnish winger Tony Salmelainen, who currently is leading the Finnish Elite League in scoring. Salmelainen, 24, was Edmonton's third-round choice in 1999 and played 13 games for the Oilers in 2003-04 with one assist. He spent last season in the American Hockey League, where he had 22 goals and 46 points in 76 games. Salmelainen was a Group 2 free agent last summer and is ineligible to play in the NHL until next season. The Hawks also have to sign him to a contract. Salmelainen was a teammate of Tuomo Ruutu's in youth hockey in Finland and is represented by Chicago-based agent Bill Zito. . . . The Hawks recalled defenseman Danny Richmond, acquired last Friday from Carolina. Richmond was in the lineup Thursday. . . . Patrick Sharp missed his fifth-straight game with what Hawks officials are saying is the flu. It's suspected Sharp suffered a concussion in the Jan. 15 game against New Jersey, the last game in which he played. General manager Dale Tallon said Sharp will play Sunday against Calgary. . . . Pavel Vorobiev also was scratched. . . . Adrian Aucoin was back in the lineup for the first time in six games lost to a groin injury. . . . Tallon said rookie goaltender Corey Crawford, in his first year as a pro, likely will remain with the team up to the Olympic break and would see some ice time.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun