Blackhawks 2, Avalanche 1
CHICAGO (AP) _ Alex Zhamnov had a first-period goal and then set up Kevin Miller’s tie-breaker at 8:15 of the third to lead the Chicago Blackhawks to a 2-1 win over the injury-depleted Colorado Avalanche on Thursday night.
Chicago snapped a two-game losing streak and moved into sixth place in the Western Conference standings.
Rene Corbet scored for the Avalanche, who lost their third straight game and were outshot in their ninth consecutive contest.
Three key Avalanche players _ forwards Joe Sakic, Peter Forsberg and Adam Deadmarsh _ missed the game due to injuries. Claude Lemieux was a healthy scratch.
The teams exchanged power-play goals in the first period.
Corbet opened the scoring at 10:01 by putting in a rebound of Keith Jones’ shot that struck the left goal post.
Zhamnov tied it with his 20th goal at 15:23 when his shot from the left circle slipped through the pads of Colorado goaltender Craig Billington.
Miller gave Chicago a 2-1 lead at 8:15 of the third.
Just five seconds after Colorado had killed off penalties that had given the Blackhawks 5:22 of consecutive power-play time, Miller slipped behind Avalanche defenseman Alexei Gusarov and knocked in a rebound of Zhamnov’s shot.
Chicago goaltender Jeff Hackett, who stopped 21 of 22 Colorado shots, then held on for the win.