Colorado Avalanche Pick Up Another Road Win, Defeat Chicago Blackhawks, 5-4, In Shootout

The Colorado Avalanche defeated the Chicago Blackhawks in a shootout, 5-4.

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Avalanche Vs Blackhawks Final Score: Patrick Sharp Breaks Tie, Gives Blackhawks 3-1 Victory

In 18 road periods, the Colorado Avalanche have scored 20 goals and gone 5-0.

In six home periods, that same Avalanche team has scored a single goal and lost both games.

Those scoring struggles proved the difference in the game once again, as the Avalanche lost 3-1 to a Chicago Blackhawks team that was just that much better at Pepsi Center.

Colorado dominated play early, outshooting the Blackhawks 13-6, yet found themselves trailing 1-0 at the first intermission on an incredible shot by Hawks star forward Jonathan Toews at 16:02. Colorado tied the game at 15:27 in the second period when a Matt Duchene shot was deflected and bounced off Ryan O'Byrne and past Corey Crawford.

Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp fired a rocket midway through a tight third period that broke the tie, and Chicago would eventually add a shorthanded empty net goal at the end of the period to make the final score, 3-1.

Semyon Varlamov was brilliant in this game, making several highlight reel saves on his way to 27 saves and the first star for the evening. Unfortunately, Crawford was stout enough in net to hold the Avalanche offense to a single goal.

The two teams meet againat United Center in Chicago in two days, on the second half of a home-and-home. 


Avalanche Vs. Maple Leafs Final Score: Colorado Finishes Perfect Road Trip With 3-2 OT Victory

The Colorado Avalanche headed into Toronto on a successful road trip; they ended the game with history.

Colorado completed their franchise best road trip with a 3-2 overtime victory, handing the previously undefeated Toronto Maple Leafs their first loss of the young season. The victory was even more sweet for starting goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere, who played the last two seasons in a Leafs sweater.

After a scoreless first period, Leafs forward Phil Kessel continued his torrid start to the season with an unassisted goal just 19 seconds into the second period. Toronto native Daniel Winnik tied the game just three minutes later, assisted by Jan Hejda and Ryan O'Reilly.

The former second round pick may be enjoying a breakout season as a playmaking center, as O'Reilly already has five assists on the season after six games. His career high in assists is 18, set during his rookie year.

Milan Hejduk added a power play goal later in the period on a Tyler Bozak interference penalty, and Colorado entered the third period with a 2-1 lead. 

Toronto came out roaring in the third period, outshooting Colorado by an 11-4 margin. This extra effort paid off with five minutes left in the period, as Nikolai Kulemin tied the game on a rebound after Giguere made the initial save from a shot from the left faceoff circle, sending the game into overtime.

Just 1:11 into the extra period, David Jones added his team-leading fourth goal of the season and sealing the victory for Colorado.

With the victory, Colorado completes their franchise-best roadtrip. It was their third extra session victory in five games. After a perfect 5-0 record, they now head back to Denver for a game against the Chicago Blackhawks on October 20 before heading back out on the road for two more games. 

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