CHICAGO (AP) -Patrick Lalime stopped 21 shots and defenseman James Wisniewski had two assists in the Chicago Blackhawks' 2-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday.
|Ben Guite falls over Patrick Lalime as Lalime tries to smother the puck. (AP Photo/Jerry Lai)|
Dustin Byfuglien and Martin Havlat scored for the Blackhawks, who won their third straight game and are 4-0-1 in their last five.
Lalime lost a bid for his first shutout this season with 2:25 left in the third when Colorado's Jaroslav Hlinka scored. Chicago's top goalie, Nikolai Khabibulin, is out day-to-day with a right knee sprain.
Jose Theodore made 25 saves for Colorado, which lost its third straight.
Byfuglien opened the scoring and recorded the only goal of the first period during a power-play 4:48 in. Havlat made it 2-0 at 2:53 of the second, shortly after the Blackhawks had killed off a 5-on-3 Colorado power play.
Havlat beat Theodore high on the stick side from the right circle with a rebound of Wisniewski's shot from the point.
Hlinka scored with 2:25 left in the third from just outside the crease. He converted a centering pass from Cody McLeod.
Notes: The Blackhawks returned to the United Center after going 3-2-2 on a seven-game road trip. ... The crowd of 21,715 was the Blackhawks' fifth sellout this season, the most they've had since 2001-2002. ... Before the game, a moment of silence was observed for the victims of Thursday's shootings at Northern Illinois University. ... Rookie Mike Brodeur was recalled from Rockford of the AHL to backup Lalime. ... Injured Chicago forwards Jason Williams (sports hernia surgery) and Ben Eager (concussion) are expected to return within a week. ... Colorado C Paul Stastny missed his 13th game with a groin injury/appendectomy, but has resumed skating. ... Still out indefinitely for the Avalanche are C Joe Sakic (hernia surgery), D Brett Clark (shoulder), D Kyle Cuminsky (groin) and RW Cody McCormick (chest contusion).