Blackhawks Drop Season Opener In Overtime

DENVER (AP) Paul Stastny scored two goals, including the game-winner 3:40 into overtime, to lift the Colorado Avalanche to a 4-3 victory over the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday night.

Chris Stewart and Matt Duchene also scored after the Avalanche honored their 1996 Cup-winning team in a pregame ceremony.

Stastny’s winning goal from in front was set up by a pass out of the corner by Duchene. Blackhawks goalie Marty Turco got a piece of the puck, but it trickled into the net.

Patrick Sharp tied the game midway through the third period for Chicago. Bryan Bickell and Marian Hossa also scored for the Blackhawks, who have dropped five of their last six season openers.

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  • Parker

    This is what happens when you let your good players leave because you don’t to put the cash in the till to pay them. Thanx Rocky, your now acting your father.
    No Cup this year, or next year, ornext year…..

    • Rob

      Parker – It is one game – Other than perhaps Ladd the players who left would not have mattered. They had to let certain players go the ones that did leave seem to be the best choices. Turco played well, Bickell scored a goal (both replacements) – they will be fine. Repeating is tough in the NHL – the Hawks have as good a chance as any of the last 10 cup winners with their core still in tact and some new blood – give it time….

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