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32-45-5

30 SOG
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Blackhawks 4, Avalanche 3

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 2:49 AM

Associated Press

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Blackhawks 4, Avalanche 3
Chicago Blackhawks 4, Colorado Avalanche 3

DENVER (AP) - Dustin Byfuglien's second goal gave the Chicago Blackhawks a 4-3 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Friday night.

The Blackhawks snapped a four-game road winless streak and handed the Avs their first loss in five games at home. Chicago (14-6-7) hadn't won away from the United Center since Nov. 22 at Toronto.

Chicago head coach Joel Quenneville, who left the Avalanche in the offseason after leading the Avs to a .579 winning percentage over the last three seasons, is 13-4-6 since taking over as the Blackhawks' coach in mid-October.

Andrew Ladd's goal between Peter Budaj's legs tied it at 3 midway through the final period and, 4 minutes later, Martin Havlat picked up the puck along the boards as a power play ended and sent a pass to the front of the net, where Byfuglien redirected it past Budaj with 6:09 left.

Colorado's Wojtek Wolski broke a 2-2 tie early in the third period when he took the pass as he was coming out of his zone, split defensemen Brent Seabrook and Brian Campbell with a burst of speed and beat Nikolai Khabibulin in what had all the appearances of a shootout goal.

The only goal in the second period belonged to Byfuglien, whose breakaway score under the right arm of Budaj tied it at 2.

The Avalanche took a 2-1 lead in the first period after allowing Craig Adams to score 2 1/2 minutes into the game. Rookie Chris Stewart tied it when he beat Khabibulin with a slap shot from the right circle just as the power play was ending. Assisting on the goal was Ian Laperriere, who then put Colorado ahead 2-1 when he took John-Michael Liles' pass from the boards and redirected it over Khabibulin's right shoulder.

Quenneville, who replaced Denis Savard on Oct. 16 four games into the season, coached Colorado the last three seasons. He's now 2-0 against his old team that he led to two postseason appearances. Quenneville and the Blackhawks got the best of the Avs in a 6-2 win over Colorado on Nov. 1 in Chicago.

Notes: Budaj has started 25 of Colorado's 29 games. ... The Avalanche hit the road for four straight games, the team's second-longest trip of the season.

scoring summary
1st Period
02:31
CHI
Craig Adams (1) ASST: Colin Fraser (6), Brian Campbell (16)
1 - 0 CHI
10:50
COL
Chris Stewart (2) ASST: Ian Laperriere (8), Brett Clark (3)
1 - 1 Tie
14:06
COL
Ian Laperriere (4) ASST: John-Michael Liles (10), Adam Foote (2)
2 - 1 COL
2nd Period
07:30
CHI
Dustin Byfuglien (4) ASST: Jonathan Toews (15), Duncan Keith (10)
2 - 2 Tie
3rd Period
03:43
COL
Wojtek Wolski (6) ASST: David Jones (3)
3 - 2 COL
09:59
CHI
Andrew Ladd (6) ASST: Dave Bolland (12)
3 - 3 Tie
13:51
CHI
Dustin Byfuglien (5) ASST: Martin Havlat (14), Kris Versteeg (16)
4 - 3 CHI
penalty summary
1st Period
03:09
CHI
Brent Seabrook  Tripping against  Wojtek Wolski
08:46
CHI
Kris Versteeg  Interference on goalkeeper against  Peter Budaj
11:10
COL
Cody McLeod  Holding against  Cam Barker
11:10
CHI
Cam Barker  Hi-sticking against  Cody McLeod
19:24
COL
Milan Hejduk  Hooking against  Jonathan Toews
2nd Period
00:24
COL
Ian Laperriere  Slashing against  Patrick Kane
01:16
CHI
Dustin Byfuglien  Too many men/ice - bench
13:49
COL
Philippe Dupuis  Boarding against  Brent Sopel
16:03
CHI
Duncan Keith  Holding against  Scott Hannan
3rd Period
06:04
COL
Adam Foote  Interference against  Kris Versteeg
11:48
COL
Jordan Leopold  Hooking against  Dave Bolland
goalie stats
Nikolai Khabibulin
Nikolai Khabibulin
8-1-4
SA: 21TOI: 60:00
Saves: 18EV: 12 - 15
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 5
SV%: .857SH: 1 - 1
Peter Budaj
SA: 30TOI: 58:27
Saves: 26EV: 22 - 26
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: .867SH: 1 - 1
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