Blackhawks Blow Lead With 2:24 Remaining

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.

Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.

  • c

    BLAME GM STAN BOWMAN for the Hawks demise

  • mike

    STAN BOWMAN is a pathetic excuse for a GM and all he did was dismantle a championship team. This guy is no GM he inherited the team and now he has ruined it.

  • bb

    The HAWK brass has already proved there wiling to make changes at the top in the middle or early in the season so how much longer are they going to continue to retain GM STAN BOWMAN who has already ruined a potential dynasty

  • rc

    I agree Stan Bowman is no GM all he’s done is ruin any chances of a potential repeat this guy has got to go

  • tim

    I also agree you can’t blame quenville he is a terrific coach I don’t care if Stan is the son of a legend where does it say on his resume that he’s had experience with being a GM. Just like one commenter stated he’s just a guy who was born into the right situation in other words came out of the right womb

  • Chuck


  • CHAZ

    YO!!!!! ROCKY…..APOLLO CREED aka STAN BOWMAN you know what to do

  • CH

    FOR XMAS all I want is DALE TALLON and hand out a pink slip to STAN BOWMAN

  • ad

    STAN BOWMAN is the one that’s sinking this ship if it continues to sink throw him over board and to the sharks

  • Jon, Montgomery

    all of you guys need to settle down, you can’t blame stan bowman, he had to get rid of big salary players to keep the core of this team intact. the hawks will be fine and they’ll still make the playoffs, relax.

  • Chuck

    STAN BOWMAN couldn’t even pick athletes in a fantasy football game why should he be even allowed to keep up a dynasty from collapsing. I wish my daddy was Scotty Bowman maybe I could GM the team better than this bozo

  • tc

    I understand why Stan Bowman had to trade away his players but remember this guy has no GM experience, he’s a ND finance major I agree with a lot of the comments ecspecially the part where he has no more experience than the average HAWK fan. And I also agree to the fact that he came out of the right womb

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