Blackhawks-Avalanche: Chicago Beats Colorado In Shootout (Again)

November 12th, 2009 by TAB BAMFORD Leave a reply »
The Chicago Blackhawks and Colorado Avalanche are both first place teams, and their team statistics would lead you to believe they’re a fairly evenly matched pair of teams.

But numbers on paper haven’t told the story about how evenly these two teams are; in all three games they’ve played in the early going this season, they’ve ended in a shootout.

In the Hawks home opener, the longest shootout in franchise history ended with Andrew Ladd beating Craig Anderson as the ninth shooter. Last Friday, in Denver, it was the Avalanche’s turn to win a shootout, this time after eight shooters.

Wednesday night, in Chicago, it was again the Blackhawks’ turn to win the shootout. It was fitting that Cristobal Huet would shut down the Avalanche, as he played his second consecutive great game against another top Western Conference team at home. It was Patrick Sharp, going top shelf, that netted the winner.

Huet was magnificent in goal for the Hawks, stopping 25 of 27 shots, most of which were in heavy traffic. Since the discussions about Huet’s job security gained steam after his poor performance against Dallas, the $5 million Frenchma ...

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