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 Blackhawks
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
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
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
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.
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.