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Blackhawks 4, Avalanche 0

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 2:49 AM

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Blackhawks 4, Avalanche 0
Colorado Avalanche 0, Chicago Blackhawks 4

CHICAGO (AP) - Corey Crawford made 24 saves for his second straight shutout and Dave Bolland and Fernando Pisani had a goal and an assist apiece Wednesday night to lead the Chicago Blackhawks past the Colorado Avalanche, 4-0.

It was Chicago's first win in four games against the Avalanche this season.

The defending Stanley Cup champions scored two quick goals in the first period and Crawford made it stand up after the rookie goaltender blanked the Islanders, 5-0, on Sunday.

Troy Brouwer scored Chicago's first goal and Jack Skille added a rebound tally in the third to help the Blackhawks win their third straight.

Brouwer scored on a rebound 7:08 into the game, collecting the puck after a slap shot by Duncan Keith was stopped by Peter Budaj and the Avalanche didn't clear.

Forty seconds later, Pisani's shot at the goal went off the boards behind the net and ricocheted to the other side to a wide open Bolland, who converted into an empty net with Budaj out of position.

Bolland's nifty pass from above the right circle hit Pisani in stride just as he reached the left side of the net and he tipped it in to put Chicago ahead, 3-0, at 10:17 of the second.

Chicago, ranked 28th in penalty killing entering the game, fought off two power plays in the first period behind solid play from Crawford, who stopped nine shots.

Crawford preserved his shutout - the third of his career - with two nice stops on Philippe Dupuis early in the third and then snuffed T.J. Galiardi on a short-handed breakaway late in the period. Crawford is now 14-3-1 in his last 18 starts dating to Nov. 14.

Budaj had 27 saves.

Notes: When the glass above the boards was cracked with 2:07 left in the second period, the teams retreated to their locker rooms while it was being repaired. After the intermission, the teams then played the final 2:07 of the second just before beginning the third with a short break in between so the goalies could switch ends. ... Avalanche D Kevin Shattenkirk, who didn't play Monday night in a win over Detroit because of a foot injury, was back in the lineup. Winger Cody McLeod, who'd been sidelined 10 of the previous 11 games with a groin injury, was scratched again. ... Most deflating of the three previous losses to the Avalanche for the Blackhawks was Colorado's 7-5 win in mid-December. That's when the Avalanche, trailing 5-4, scored three goals in the final 2:24.

scoring summary
1st Period
Troy Brouwer (11) ASST: Duncan Keith (22), Patrick Kane (21)
1 - 0 CHI
Dave Bolland (7) ASST: Fernando Pisani (6), Brent Seabrook (21)
2 - 0 CHI
2nd Period
Fernando Pisani (7) ASST: Dave Bolland (11)
3 - 0 CHI
3rd Period
Jack Skille (7) ASST: Brent Seabrook (22)
4 - 0 CHI
penalty summary
1st Period
Viktor Stalberg  Interference against  Greg Mauldin
Patrick Sharp  Hi-sticking against  John-Michael Liles
2nd Period
3rd Period
Bryan Bickell  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
Matt Hunwick  Hooking against  Tomas Kopecky
Tomas Kopecky  Hooking against  Kevin Shattenkirk
Philippe Dupuis  Tripping against  Patrick Sharp
Adam Foote  Elbowing against  Jack Skille
goalie stats
Peter Budaj
Peter Budaj
SA: 31TOI: 60:00
Saves: 27EV: 25 - 29
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: .871SH: 0 - 0
Corey Crawford
Corey Crawford
SA: 24TOI: 59:58
Saves: 24EV: 18 - 18
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 5
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