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NHL Game Summary - Colorado at Chicago



(Friday, October 19th)

Final Score: Chicago 5, Colorado 3

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Patrick Kane scored his first NHL goal and added a pair of assists, while Tuomo Ruutu's late goal was the game-winner, as Chicago wasted a three-goal lead but rebounded to top Colorado, 5-3, at the United Center.

Patrick Sharp also picked up a goal and two assists for the Blackhawks, who have won three of their last four games. Jonathan Toews and Robert Lang added a goal each and Nikolai Khabibulin made 37 saves.

Wojtek Wolski, Marek Svatos and Ryan Smyth tallied for the Avalanche, whose two-game win streak came to an end. Andrew Brunette and Joe Sakic registered two helpers.

Jose Theodore allowed four goals on 26 shots in defeat.

After letting the Avalanche score three unanswered goals, Hawks defenseman Magnus Johansson's right-point shot was tipped in by Ruutu with 1:25 left in regulation to put Chicago back on top, 4-3.

Lang closed out the game by potting an empty-netter with 50 seconds to play.

"The Hawks were flying, but we came back," noted Sakic. "Then, they came back to bite us. We got no points and that is unacceptable."

Toews gave the Hawks a 1-0 lead 6:59 into the game when he stickhandled through a trio of Avs defenders, and faked out Theodore with a forehander for his second goal of the year.

Sharp made it 2-0 less than 90 seconds later when he backhanded a bouncing puck into a half-open net, and Kane provided a 3-0 edge for Chicago with 5:24 to play by drilling a wrister just under the crossbar off a 2-on-1 with Sharp.

"I'm feeling good. I'm getting more comfortable every game," Kane said. "It's nice to get it out of the way and off my back. Colorado's a great team, and it's good to beat them. I think we're trying to keep the fans interested until the end."

Colorado finally got on the board with 4:39 left in the second as Brunette spun behind the net and fed Wolski for a one-timer from the right circle.

Svatos brought the Avs within 3-2 only 40 seconds into the third when he snuck a backhander inside the left post with Smyth screening Khabibulin.

Smyth eventually knotted the game, 3-3, with a power-play goal at 7:35, as he one-timed a pass from Brunette from the left side.

Game Notes

Chicago has won five of the nine meetings since the start of the 2005-2006 season...Colorado has killed off 30 of 31 short-handed situations to start the year...Brunette's two assists gave him 498 career points...The Avs travel to Minnesota Sunday looking for their first road win of the season, while the Blackhawks head to Toronto on Saturday.

10/19 23:35:15 ET


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