The Colorado Avalanche stole one Tuesday night in Chicago as they came away with the 3-2 win in overtime. Tyson Barrie would receive a nice pass from Matt Duchene in the slot and buried the one-timer to give the Avalanche their 29th win of the season. Erik Johnson would leave the game with a back injury. The Avs were already without a star player as assistant Paul Stastny sat out the game with a leg injury.
The Avalanche got on the board first in the first period as defenseman Tyson Barrie took a shot from the blue-line and past Crawford for a 1-o Avalanche lead. Ryan Wilson and John Mitchell would pick up the points on Barrie’s goal. Blackhawks Kris Versteeg would be called for hooking on Ryan Wilson 15:50 into the first period putting the Avalanche on the power-play. Forward Ryan O’Reilly would make them pay as he notched his 17th goal of the season on a rebound attempt from the crease. Nick Holden and Jamie McGinn were credited with the assists.
The Chicago Blackhawks would respond in the second period 8:12 in, as Johnny Oduya collected his 3rd goal of the season on the assist from Brandon Saad and Andrew Shaw. Avs would pick up two penalties in the second from Matt Duchene and Jamie McGinn but the Blackhawks couldn’t convert. 7:27 into the 3rd period, Andrew Shaw spun and shot it on net for his 13th of the season as the Hawks tied it at two. Brandon Saad and Marian Hossa would pick up the assists on Shaw’s goal. Patrick Kane would pick up a hooking penalty on Ryan Wilson but the Avs wouldn’t convert this time.
A big penalty was called late in the overtime 3:34 in as Jonathan Toews would be called for a two-minute minor for hooking Avs defenseman Andre Benoit who appeared to have the breakaway setting the Avalanche up for a 4-on-3 for the remainder of the overtime period. Colorado would strike as Matt Duchene found Tyson Barrie wide-open on the one-time attempt and sent Colorado home with a victory, slapping it past Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford. The Colorado Avalanche came away with the win by the final score of 3-2.
Colorado Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov was excellent in net tonight as he was on his A-game. Colorado was out-shot 48-to-26 as Varly would save 46-of-48 save attempts, .958% save percentage.
3: Andrew Shaw (CHI): 1 goal, 1 assist, +2.
2: Semyon Varlamov (COL): 46-of-48 save attempts, .958% save percentage.
1: Tyson Barrie (COL): 2 goals, 2 SOG, +1. Game-winning goal.
The Colorado Avalanche (29-12-5) will come back home to the Pepsi Center to host the New Jersey Devils on Thursday night. Puck-Drop is scheduled for 9:00 PM ET, 7:00 PM MT.