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Blackhawks Blow Lead With 2:24 Remaining

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Chicago Blackhawks defenseman John Scott (32), and Colorado Avalanche left wing John Scott (28), from the Czech Republic, duke it out during the first period of an NHL Hockey game in Denver, Dec. 13, 2010. (AP Photo/Barry Gutierrez)

Chicago Blackhawks defenseman John Scott (32), and Colorado Avalanche left wing John Scott (28), from the Czech Republic, duke it out during the first period of an NHL Hockey game in Denver, Dec. 13, 2010. (AP Photo/Barry Gutierrez)

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DENVER (AP) – Tomas Fleischmann and Matt Duchene scored one minute apart late in the third period to help the Colorado Avalanche rally for a 7-5 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday night.

Colorado trailed 5-4 with 2:24 remaining, but Fleischmann tied it by beating screened goalie Corey Crawford. Duchene added the game winner 60 seconds later, scoring for the second time in the game.

Ryan O’Reilly added an insurance goal in the final seconds, with Crawford on the bench, as the Avalanche won their third straight game.

Brandon Yip, Paul Stastny and Cody McLeod also had goals for the Avalanche, the NHL’s second-highest scoring team.

The Avalanche chased starting goalie Marty Turco 40 seconds into the second period, but struggled to get anything past Crawford – until the final minutes.

Craig Anderson stopped 27 shots for Colorado.

Troy Brouwer scored twice for the Blackhawks, including the go-ahead goal with 8:17 remaining.

Brouwer reached his stick up in front of the net and directed the puck past Anderson. Replay officials took a long look at the goal – making sure Brouwer’s stick wasn’t higher than the crossbar.

Jack Skille, Bryan Bickell and Jeremy Morin also scored for the Blackhawks.

This was a night Turco would rather forget. He allowed four goals on only 10 shots before being pulled.

Down 4-3 in the final minute of the second period, the Blackhawks got even when Morin’s shot trickled through Anderson’s pads.

It was an entertaining first period featuring a flurry of goals and some late fights.

Yip scored 48 seconds in, the Avalanche’s quickest goal this season. Brouwer tied it during a power play, his seventh goal of the season.

The injury-riddled Avalanche were without Milan Hejduk (groin) and Kyle Quincey (shoulder). Hejduk is listed as day-to-day, and Quincey will be re-evaluated later in the week to judge the severity of his injury.

Colorado might be moving closer to having forwards T.J. Galiardi (wrist) and David Van Der Gulik (knee) back as both took part in Monday’s morning skate.

Van Der Gulik has been cleared to play, but was a late scratch. Avalanche coach Joe Sacco said there is no timetable for Galiardi’s return. He is scheduled to practice with the team on Tuesday.

NOTES: Colorado recalled D Kevin Montgomery from Lake Erie of the American Hockey League, but he didn’t play. … These teams will meet again on Wednesday night in Chicago.

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