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Here are four takeaways from the Blackhawks' 5-3 loss to the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome on Saturday:

1. Duncan Keith ejection

The Blackhawks were dealt a major blow in the first period when their two-time Norris Trophy winner was thrown out of the game 2:14 into it for boarding Dillon Dube, who exited and did not return.

It was an unfortunate result but certainly did not appear to be intentional or vicious as Keith immediately checked on the rookie forward as soon as it happened. Dube also made a quick turn, putting him in a vulnerable position and giving Keith no time to react.

The Flames scored once on the five-minute power play and the Blackhawks dodged a bullet by playing the next 1:47 shorthanded after forgetting to put a player in the penalty box following Keith's ejection.

2. Flames flurry in third

The Flames overcame a 4-1 deficit on Thursday against the Colorado Avalanche and won in regulation 6-5. They did it again on Saturday, this time overcoming a two-goal deficit and winning in regulation 5-3.

The Blackhawks surrendered four unanswered goals, three of which came in the third period — one of them an empty-netter. The Flames upped their third-period goal total to 28 on the season, which is far and away the most out of any team in the NHL.

It also didn't help that the Blackhawks were outshot 20-4 in the final frame, and were essentially trying to survive without Keith. Corey Crawford did all he could, finishing with 36 saves on 40 shots for a .900 save percentage.


3. Jonathan Toews hits 300

It would have been better in a win, but the Blackhawks captain reached a memorable milestone in his hockey career.

Toews scored a power-play goal 13:57 into the first period and became the sixth player in Blackhawks history and 16th active NHL player to hit the 300-goal mark. He has three goals in his past five games after going goalless in his previous six games.

Toews has scored at least 20 goals in each of his first 11 NHL seasons. He has eight through 15 games this season.

4. Brent Seabrook's gutsy effort

The minute Keith got ejected, you knew it was going to be a long night for the Blackhawks' five defensemen. It was for the 14-year veteran Seabrook.

He logged a season-high 26:48 of ice time, had an assist, a game-high four blocked shots, two shot attempts (one on goal), one takeaway and also made a third-period save on Elias Lindholm to keep it a one-goal game.

It's a good thing the Blackhawks have a four-day break, giving Seabrook a much-needed few days of rest. It also gives the entire team a chance to reset and regroup after going winless on their road trip.

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