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NHL Game Summary - Chicago at Colorado



(Friday, October 14th)

Final Score: Chicago 3, Colorado 2 (SO)

Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Tuomo Ruutu notched the game-winning shootout goal as the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Colorado Avalanche, 3-2, at the Pepsi Center.

Ruutu, Tyler Arnason and Pavel Vorobiev all scored in the shootout for Chicago, while Alex Tanguay scored for Colorado. On the second shot for the Avs, Marek Svatos tried to beat Nikolai Khabibulin high, but missed net completely.

"It depends on who it is," Khabibulin said, referring to how he handles different shooters in the shootout. "If you don't know the guy, you have to be patient. Otherwise, you can anticipate his move."

Jaroslav Spacek and Kyle Calder scored goals and Khabibulin had 27 saves for Chicago, which defeated Colorado for the first time since February 9, 2002.

Joe Sakic and John-Michael Liles had regulation goals and Peter Budaj stopped 38-of-40 shots for the Avalanche. Sakic's goal was No. 544 in his career, tying him with Maurice Richard for 21st-place on the NHL's all-time goals scored list.

Calder gave the Blackhawks the lead with 6:01 left in regulation after knocking home a loose puck in front on a delayed penalty call. Matt Ellison gained the blue line, going in with Arnason on a two-on-one break. Ellison passed it to Arnason, who chipped a shot on goal. Budaj made the save, but the rebound kicked out into the slot. Calder, who was trailing the play, backhanded the puck over Budaj off the crossbar to give Chicago a 2-1 advantage.

Colorado tied the game while on the power play with just over two minutes remaining in the regulation after Liles blasted an uncontested open slap shot from the high slot that beat Khabibulin glove-side just under the crossbar.

"I got alone, got my chance," Liles said. "Our power plays weren't going well. We had early opportunities. We kept trying to generate chances."

Both teams had chances in overtime after Chicago was awarded a power play. The Blackhawks twice had opportunities to stuff the puck past Budaj, but to no avail. Colorado had a two-on-one shorthanded break that was stopped by Khabibulin.

Colorado got on the scoreboard midway through the first period after Sakic took a pass from Brett McLean while parked in the slot. Sakic beat Khabibulin stick-side for a power-play goal and a 1-0 lead.

Chicago tied it up with just 3:24 remaining in the period on a delayed penalty call when Martin Lapointe centered a pass from the point. It deflected to Spacek, who was camped in the slot, and he beat Budaj just inside the right post.

Game Notes

Blackhawks captain Adrian Aucoin missed a third straight game due to a groin strain. He could return either Saturday against San Jose...Svatos had his three-game goal-scoring streak snapped...Colorado was 3-0-1 in the 2003-04 season against Chicago...Colorado had three two-man advantages in the game and was 2-for-12 on power play...Both of Chicago's goals were scored after or an extra attacker because of delayed penalty calls.

10/15 00:26:01 ET


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