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Avs use 3rd-period burst to down Blackhawks

Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Tyson Barrie, Ryan O'Reilly and Paul Stastny 
scored  third-period  goals to  support a 36-save  effort from Semyon Varlamov 
that  carried  the Colorado  Avalanche  to  a  4-2  victory over  the  Chicago 
Blackhawks at United Center. 

Maxime  Talbot  also  tallied  and  Erik  Johnson  notched  three  assists  in 
Colorado's  third straight  win.  Barrie and  O'Reilly  also recorded  assists 
during the Avalanche's final-period outburst. 

Varlamov outplayed counterpart Corey Crawford, who stopped just 17-of-20 shots 
for the Blackhawks. 

Ben  Smith and Jonathan Toews each recorded goals in the loss, Chicago's third 
in four games. 

"For  the most part  we did the right things tonight," Chicago head coach Joel 
Quenneville said. "We should have taken advantage of it." 

The  teams were  knotted at  2-2 when  an interference  penalty to Blackhawk
defenseman  Johnny Oduya  with  under  nine minutes  left  helped  set up  the 
eventual  game-winning score.  On the ensuing power play, Johnson fed the puck 
into  the left  circle for Barrie's one-timer that rocketed past Crawford with 
7:10 to play. 

"I  was yelling for (the puck) and (Johnson) put it right in my wheelhouse and 
I  was  just able to kind  of get everything on  it and lucky to beat Crawford 
there," Barrie said of his game-winning goal. 

Varlamov  made the lead hold up with several key saves down the stretch before 
Stastny  sealed the  win by tapping in  an empty-netter with 33 seconds on the 
clock. 

After  mustering only  three  shots  during a  scoreless  opening period,  the 
Avalanche  beat  Crawford on  their second  chance of the  second to break the 
stalemate.  Johnson wound  up  and sent  a long  drive  that was  successfully 
redirected by Talbot just 2:49 into the middle session 

Chicago  drew  even prior to the  second intermission on Smith's eighth of the 
season,  a  wrister past a screened  Varlamov that came with 3:08 remaining in 
the frame. 

O'Reilly  sent  Colorado back  in front  with only 1:23  elapsed in the third, 
taking  in a  pass from Matt Duchene  in the neutral zone and racing hard down 
the right wing before firing the puck under Crawford's pads just 1:23 into the 
middle session. 

The Blackhawks got back the equalizer just under six minutes later while on a 
power  play, with Toews depositing Patrick Sharp's well-placed feed across the 
crease into an open right side. 

                                   Game Notes 

Colorado  rookie  Nathan MacKinnon  extended his  point streak  to 12 games by 
setting  up Stastny's late goal ... Varlamov improved to 3-0-0 with a 1.47 GAA 
in  three starts against the Blackhawks this season ... The Avs are now 31-1-3 
when  scoring  first this season ...  Three of Barrie's nine goals this season 
have  come against  Chicago ...  Prior to  the game,  the Blackhawks  acquired 
defenseman  David  Rundblad and minor  league blueliner Mathieu Brisebois from 
Phoenix in exchange for a 2014 second-round pick. 

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