Barrie lifts Avalanche over Blackhawks
CHICAGO – Tyson Barrie scored his second goal of the game on a power play at 4:09 of overtime, and the Colorado Avalanche defeated the Blackhawks, 3-2, on Tuesday night.
With Jonathan Toews off for hooking, Barrie beat Corey Crawford with a one-timer from the left circle after taking a cross-ice pass from Matt Duchene to give Colorado its second straight win. The Avalanche improved to 6-1-1 in their past eight games despite being outshot 48-26.
Barrie and Ryan O’Reilly scored 1:02 apart late in the first period for Colorado. O’Reilly has three goals in his past two games.
The Hawks’ Andrew Shaw scored at 7:27 of the third to tie it. He also assisted on Johnny Oduya’s goal in the second.
Semyon Varlamov made 46 saves for Colorado and improved to 9-0-5 in his past 15 games, including 14 starts – the longest streak of his career without a regulation loss. His last defeat in regulation was Dec. 10 at Phoenix, where the Avalanche lost 3-1.
Crawford finished with 23 saves. The Hawks have dropped their past seven games that have gone past regulation, dating to a 2-1 shootout win Nov. 29 in Dallas.
The defending Stanley Cup champions are 4-11 this season in games that go longer than 60 minutes. They are 0-5 in overtime and 4-6 in shootouts.
Colorado defenseman Erik Johnson left late in the second period with a lower-body injury. He tried to return for a shift in the third, but didn’t continue.
Colorado led 2-0 after the first period, despite being outplayed until about 14 minutes in when the Blackhawksheld a 12-3 advantage in shots.
But Barrie opened the scoring on a soft screened shot from just inside the right point with 5:02 left in the first. He flipped the puck past several players, and then it sailed over Crawford’s glove.
O’Reilly made it 2-0 with a power-play goal on a crisp passing play 1:02 later and just 10 seconds after Kris Versteeg was sent off for hooking. O’Reilly slipped the puck past Crawford after a wide-open setup at the edge of the crease.
The Blackhawks pushed back and turned up the pressure in the second, outshooting Colorado 10-1 in the first half of the period and 16-6 overall. But Chicago only managed to cut Colorado’s lead to 2-1, cashing in on Oduya’s deflection of Brandon Saad’s screened shot from the slot.
Shaw tied it on a rebound. He swept in a shot from 10 feet out after Varlamov stopped Saad from point-blank range.
Chicago’s Michal Rozsival hit the right post with a shot with about 7:30 left. Crawford made a point-blank stop on a wide-open Cody McLeod with just more than 3 minutes left.
Toews tripped Andre Benoit at 3:34 of overtime following a Chicago turnover to prevent a possible breakaway, but the ensuing power play led to Barrie’s game-winner.
NOTES: Oduya, a defenseman, had gone 23 games without a goal and 10 without a point. . Colorado C Paul Stastny missed the game with a leg injury sustained Saturday at Minnesota and is day to day. ... Avalanche G Jean-Sebastien Giguere sat out with back spasms, so Sami Aittokallio was recalled from Lake Erie of the AHL to back up Varlamov. Colorado D Cory Sarich also was scratched.