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NHL Game Summary - Colorado at Chicago



(Thursday, March 1st)

Final Score: Colorado 6, Chicago 1

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Brad Richardson and Jeff Finger each had a goal and an assist, and Peter Budaj made 23 saves as the Colorado Avalanche routed the Chicago Blackhawks, 6-1, at the United Center.

Brett McLean, Tyler Arnason, Ken Klee and Mark Rycroft all tallied for the Avalanche, who have won two straight following a three game slide. Ian Laperriere and Ben Guite each had a pair of helpers for Colorado, and Joe Sakic also notched an assist, tying Doug Gilmour for 11th place on the all- time list with 964.

"The guys played well defensively today," said Budaj. "There were not a lot of scoring chances, but after we took the lead our guys stopped them the rest of the way. Chicago stopped playing after the fourth goal. It was good for us. We just kept going after them."

Tuomo Ruutu had the lone goal for Chicago, which has lost seven of its last eight games. Nikolai Khabibulin surrendered five goals on 31 shots faced.

The Blackhawks drew first blood just 1:11 in, as Ruutu gathered the puck off a shot by Adrian Aucoin and knocked the rebound past Budaj on the glove side.

The Avs then tied things 1-1 on a controversial goal at 7:43, as Richardson was pulled down from behind and went sliding into the net, taking the puck with him. The teams then continued skating for nearly two minutes because no whistle sounded and the light did not come on above the goal as the puck bounced back into play. Eventually, the replay showed both the puck and Richardson's body crossed the goal line, and after a lengthy delay, officials determined it was a goal.

Colorado made it a 2-1 game at 10:44 in the first, when Milan Hejduk's shot glanced off the right skate of Khabibulin, and McLean wristed the rebound shot into a wide open net.

After a scoreless second stanza, Arnason redirected a cross-crease pass by Richardson past Khabibulin with 7:26 remaining in the contest, making it 3-1.

Colorado then tacked on three goals inside the final two minutes.

Klee's empty net goal made it 4-1, with Sakic getting the assist with 1:52 remaining. Just 28 seconds later, Rycroft scored on a snap shot that went up and over Khabibuilin.

Finger tallied his first career NHL goal on a wrist shot with just 17 seconds to play.

"These past two weeks have been a dream come true," said Finger. "I'm excited and happy (about scoring the goal)."

Game Notes

Colorado won for just the second time in its last nine road games...Paul Stastny had an assist for Colorado, extending his point streak to 14 games (8G, 12A). It is the longest streak in the NHL since Teemu Selanne's 17- game streak during the 1992-93 season...Andrew Brunette's 11-game point streak was snapped...Rycroft has scored in three consecutive games...The season series ended at 2-2.

03/02 00:01:33 ET


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