NHL Game Summary - Colorado at Chicago
(Sunday, January 11th)
Final Score: Colorado 5, Chicago 4 (OT)
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Alex Tanguay scored with 1:18 left in overtime as the Colorado Avalanche rallied to post a 5-4 win over the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center.
Tanguay finished with a goal and an assist in the contest, as did John-Michael Liles, helping the Avalanche overcome an early three-goal deficit. Milan Hejduk, Steve Moore and Karlis Skrastins also scored for Colorado, which has picked up at least a point in seven straight games (6-0-0-1). Peter Forsberg and Adam Foote each recorded two assists in the win, the Avalanche's sixth in seven tries.
Mark Bell scored twice for the Blackhawks, who have not beaten the Avalanche since February 9, 2002, a span of six games (0-4-0-2). Scott Sullivan dished out a pair of assists and Scott Nichol and Tuomo Ruutu added goals.
Colorado was forced to kill off a penalty in overtime after Tanguay took a penalty, but did so successfully. Tanguay then ended the contest only moments after the penalty expired when he skated in toward the left circle and ripped a wrister into the upper corner of the net.
The Avalanche scored twice in the third period to erase a two-goal deficit and force the extra session.
Lilas' goal at 9:37 of the third period made it a 4-3 game. Lilas cut towards the net and made a nice move before depositing a backhander over the glove of Michael Leighton, who denied 32-of-37 shots he faced.
Then, with 6:34 left in regulation, Skrastins scored just his third goal of the season on a wrister from the left circle. The shot deflected off Leighton's left shoulder and caromed into the net to even the score at 4-4, setting the stage for Tanguay's game-winner.
The Blackhawks scored three times in the first period, including twice in a 51 second span, but were still unable to hold onto the early lead.
Chicago got on the board at 5:16 of the first period. Nichol recorded the marker, his sixth of the season, when he stuffed a wraparound attempt through Philippe Sauve. Sauve stopped 30 shots in the win.
Bell then notched his first goal of the game and 10th of the season using his size, strength and power. With a defender draped all over him and his back facing the net, Bell twirled at the right post and powered a shot past Sauve for a 2-0 Blackhawks lead with 1:59 to play in the first.
Just 51 seconds later, Ruutu stuffed home a rebound to stake Chicago to a three-goal lead.
The Avalanche finally reached the scoreboard at 5:37 of the second period. Moore charged in from the point to pick up a loose puck in the high slot and after his first attempt was denied, his second shot beat Leighton to draw the visitors within 3-1.
Hejduk then scored on a penalty shot after Chicago defenseman Stephane Robidas intentionally covered the puck in his own crease during a scramble in front of the net. Hejduk made the Blackhawks pay as he patiently waited for Leighton to commit before flipping the puck over his glove and into the upper right-hand corner of the net, making it a one-goal game midway through the second period.
Before the second stanza came to an end the Blackhawks pushed their lead back up to two goals. Bell scored his second of the game when he deposited the puck into a vacated net. Alexei Zhamnov was stationed at the left circle and took a whack at a bouncing puck. The disc luckily found the stick of Bell in the slot to the right of the net, fooling Sauve and leaving an empty net for Bell to make it a 4-2 game with 1:46 remaining in the second.
Hejduk's penalty shot was the 27th in the NHL this season, with 10 attempts resulting in goals...Forsberg now has at least one assist in his last six games (2g, 10a)...Foote now has one goal and seven assists in his last five games...Sullivan now has a point in six straight games (1g, 6a)...Colorado converted on one of its two power-play opportunities. Chicago went scoreless in four chances with the extra skater.
01/11 23:07:15 ET