The Blackhawks came out strong in the first period compiling a 13-9 edge in shots. But it was the Avalanche who would take the lead. Tyson Barrie beat Corey Crawford at 14:58. The lead would double when Ryan O’Reilly was all alone in front of Crawford on the power play 62 seconds later. It was an easy shot for O’Reilly who converted on a great pass from Nick Holden.
In the second period, the Blackhawks put 16 more shots on goal. But they would only get one goal as Johnny Oduya took an Andrew Shaw pass and beat Semyon Varlamov at 8:12 with a slap shot from the point.
The Blackhawks continued to pour on the offense in the third period and their persistence paid off as Shaw followed up a Brandon Saad shot and beat Varlamov for his 13th goal of the season at 7:27 to tie the game up.
But in overtime, the Blackhawks would go shorthanded when Jonathan Toews was sent to the box for hooking. The Avalanche would take advantage as Barrie beat Crawford with a shot that he had no chance on at 4:09.
What it means
The Blackhawks lead over the Avalanche in the standings shrinks to 8 as they continue to struggle in 2014. It doesn’t get any easier for the Blackhawks as they face the Ducks and Boston Bruins at home this weekend.
3 stars of the game
3. Andrew Shaw- It has been a very good year for Shaw who has a decent chance at scoring 20 goals. Shaw was the best player for the Blackhawks with one goal and one assist and was a plus two on the night with two hits.
2. Tyson Barrie- Barrie had two goals tonight and was a plus one. It was an all around game for Barrie who blocked four shots and was credited with one hit in 23:05 of ice time.
1. Semyon Varlamov- It was a brilliant game for Varlamov as he was under siege all night. Varlamov made 46 saves on 48 shots to improve his record to 24-8-5.