Chicago Blackhawks Fall to Avalanche In Denver

November 6th, 2009 by TAB BAMFORD Leave a reply »
The momentum of Friday night’s game between the Colorado Avalanche and Chicago Blackhawks  bounced back and forth like a pinball, and the Hawks fought hard to win a point against the best home team in hockey without some key players.

Chicago got the scoring started with a rocket from Dustin Byfuglien on the power play, which appeared to finally get the Hawks back in the saddle with a man advantage. The Hawks' power play had been miserable for a couple weeks, so capitalizing on an early chance was big for the Hawks' momentum.

Later in the first, Duncan Keith turned around a great pass from Kris Versteeg to give the Hawks a 2-0 lead. The Hawks dominated the first 15 minutes of action, as Versteeg and Patrick Kane both assisted on each of the first two goals.

But the last five minutes of the first period started to show a little fatigue from the Hawks. Whether it was the altitude or games on consecutive nights against good competition, Ryan O’Reilly’s goal late in the first kept Colorado in the game going to the first break.

The second period was the polar opposite of the first.

The Blackhawks got a number of chances ...

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