NHL Game Summary - Chicago at Colorado
(Friday, January 18th)
Final Score: Chicago 2, Colorado 1 (SO)
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Robert Lang scored in the fourth round of the shootout to lift the Chicago Blackhawks over the Colorado Avalanche, 2-1, at the Pepsi Center.
Patrick Kane scored in the first round for Chicago, getting netminder Jose Theodore to commit to the backhand, and finding the back of the net with a forehand shot. Milan Hejduk then squeaked a shot through Patrick Lalime's pads in the third round, sending the shootout to an extra frame.
Lalime stopped T.J. Hensick's shot with a poke check, setting up the potential game-winner for Lang. He delivered, threading a wrister just above Theodore's stick.
"It's always great to be put in that position," Lang said. "It's a tough shot for a goalie to defend. If you put it in the right spot, he can't stop it."
Kane also scored the only regulation goal for the Blackhawks, who have won three straight after losing eight in a row. Lalime turned aside 22 shots in the win.
Andrew Brunette tallied Colorado's only goal, as the Avalanche had a three- game win streak snapped. Theodore also stopped 22 shots, but in a losing cause.
"We played well tonight," Theodore said. "We are still getting our chances. We got the point, (but) we're sure disappointed we couldn't get two."
Kane opened the scoring 2:31 into the game, springing on a breakaway after receiving a sharp pass from Martin Havlat. He skated past Colorado defenseman Brett Clark and tucked a wrist shot into the left side of the net.
"I just jumped off the bench and found the seam," Kane said. "Havlat made a great pass, and I thought I'd just take the shot."
Brunette tied up the game at the 8:03 mark of the first period, banging in a loose rebound that Lalime couldn't quite get his glove on.
But after that, the teams' offenses went silent, tallying a combined 24 shots between the second and third periods.
Earlier Friday, Blackhawks forward Jason Williams underwent successful surgery to repair a sports hernia. He is expected to miss about six weeks in recovery...Colorado kicked off a five-game homestand that continues Sunday against Columbus...Chicago was 0-for-5 on power-play opportunities.
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