Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville nailed it with his description of Ray Emery's effort in goal against the Flames on Saturday night.

"That was criminal," Quenneville said shortly after watching Emery make 45 saves in regulation and three more in the shootout to lead the Hawks to a 3-2 victory over Calgary in front of a crowd of 19,289 at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

"We have to call the cops after that performance. We stole two points, he was spectacular. I've never been out-chanced and out-played like that in my life. It was a special performance."

Playing in just his second game of the season while starter Corey Crawford got a rest, Emery repeatedly stymied a Flames attack that included 24 shots on goal in the third period alone. Just when it appeared his efforts weren't going to be enough after the Flames' Jay Bouwmeester scored with 35 seconds remaining to take a 2-1 lead, Marian Hossa tied it with :03 showing on the clock to put the Hawks in position to earn their seventh victory in the first nine games of the season.