NHL Game Summary - Chicago at Colorado
(Monday, December 13th)
Final Score: Colorado 7, Chicago 5
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Tomas Fleischmann scored the game-tying goal and Matt Duchene registered the game-winner in a 60-second span late in the third period to help the Colorado Avalanche rally past the Chicago Blackhawks, 7-5, at Pepsi Center.
Duchene finished with two scores while Fleischmann assisted on the winner and Ryan O'Reilly's empty-netter for Colorado, which has won three straight.
Paul Stastny chipped in with a goal and two assists while Brandon Yip and Cody McLeod each lit the lamp for the Avs, who matched a season-high for goals in one contest.
Craig Anderson turned away 29-of-34 shots for the victors.
Troy Brouwer had two goals and one assist for Chicago, which has lost two straight and three of its last five games. Jack Skille, Jeremy Morin and Bryan Bickell each provided offense in the setback.
"To make the playoffs, we have to find a way to finish these games off," Brouwer said. "We were not good enough. They got opportunities that they should have not had gotten. We were not good in the (defensive) zone. We got in a mental lapse in the end. Blowing the lead in the end really hurts."
Corey Crawford surrendered the late scores on 19 shots. He replaced Marty Turco early in the second period after the Blackhawks starter gave up four goals on only 10 shots.
The two teams traded goals with each other to make for a 4-4 game heading into the final period.
Chicago, on a man advantage, took its first lead of the night with 8:17 left to play when Duncan Keith wristed a rising shot toward the net. Brouwer was positioned at the top of the crease where he knocked the puck down sharply with the shaft of his stick past an upright Anderson. The play was reviewed to see if the puck was played above the crossbar, but was determined that Brouwer deflected the puck legally.
The Avs struck back to tie at the 17:36 mark when Fleischmann's quick shot from the top of the left circle found its way past Crawford.
"I got the pass from (David Jones)," Fleischmann said. "I just wanted to get it on net and I got the screen. We tried to play a perfect third period. It didn't work out. They got that power-play goal."
Exactly one minute later Duchene netted the game-winner off a Fleischmann pass and then O'Reilly collected the insurance tally into the empty net with 23 seconds left to play.
Colorado got on the board during the first minute of the game on Yip's seventh goal of the season.
Chicago knotted the game at the 5:28 mark with the man advantage when the disc tipped off Tomas Kopecky's skate and Brouwer then slapped it home from the slot.
The Avs answered back 57 seconds later thanks to a Blackhawks defensive zone turnover. Stastny was able settle a bouncing puck at the right circle and snapped a low shot past Turco, who allowed two goals on the first three shots he saw.
The teams then traded goals in a 23-second span. Chicago scored first to knot the game at 2-2 on Skille's goal at 15:24 and Colorado reclaimed the one-goal lead when McLeod scored at 15:47.
The game was tied, yet again, during the final two minutes of the high-scoring period when Brouwer slapped a shot that was deflected home by Bickell.
The scoring did not subside in the second stanza when Greg Mauldin dished the puck to Duchene, who finished only 40 seconds in to give the Avs a 4-3 edge. It was only the second shot Turco faced in the period and the veteran was benched afterwards.
The game was knotted once again with 51 seconds remaining in the middle frame, when Morin netted an unassisted goal.
Colorado also tallied seven times in a 7-4 win over Minnesota on November 27...Chicago dropped both games in Denver this season, including a 4-3 overtime decision in the season-opener on October 7...This is the first of a home-and-home set between the two teams that continues on Wednesday at United Center...It was Brouwer's first two-goal game of the year. He would have had a hat trick but his second goal was changed to an assist as Bickell was credited the first-period goal to knot the game at 3-3.
12/14 00:57:51 ET