Fleischmann hat trick leads Avs
Tomas Fleischmann saw an opportunity to turn things around for
the Colorado Avalanche and made the most of it against the
defending Stanley Cup champions.
Fleischmann scored back-to-back, power-play goals in the third
period, and added another tally to complete his first NHL hat trick
as the Avalanche beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 on Wednesday
A four-minute penalty to Chicago’s Jordan Hendry led to
Fleischmann scoring late in both segments of the power play, 1:54
apart. About eight minutes later, he scored his third goal that
proved to be the game-winner.
”Four minutes, you wish you can score one goal,” Fleischmann
said. ”When we got the first one in the first two minutes, you
just push for a second one. It went in, too. It was probably the
key point of the game.”
Fleischmann’s second goal gave Colorado a 3-1 lead. His
hat-trick goal, which came five minutes after Chicago’s Jonathan
Toews narrowed the gap to 3-2, turned out to be more than an
insurance tally when the Blackhawks’ Troy Brouwer scored with 1.1
seconds to play.
By then, however, the Blackhawks were looking at their ninth
home loss in regulation this season. They had only eight last
Chicago (16-14-3) has won only twice in six games.
”You can talk all day about doing some good things out there
and working for chances, giving second effort, but it just doesn’t
cut it when you don’t get the results that you want,” Toews said.
”Stretches like this, when you work hard and you don’t win, it
makes you appreciate winning so much more. You can’t take it for
granted. You keep searching for that answer.”
Chicago coach Joel Quenneville couldn’t believe Hendry was
”I saw the replay, and I totally disagree with the call,”
Quenneville said. ”But we’ve still got to get through it.”
The Blackhawks couldn’t, and Colorado was on its way to a fourth
straight victory. The Avalanche had beaten Chicago 7-5 in Denver on
Monday, coming from behind in that one, too.
”In both games I think we showed a lot of resiliency,”
Colorado coach Joe Sacco said. ”You need your power play to step
up when you have an opportunity like we did.”
Fleischmann was acquired by Colorado in a trade with Washington
”We’re trying to put him in a position where he can succeed,”
Sacco said. ”I think it’s a fresh start for him.”
Fleischmann also had a goal and two assists against Chicago on
Greg Mauldin gave Colorado a 1-0 lead in the first period. Brian
Bickell tied it in the second, and Toews and Troy Brouwer added
goals in the third for Chicago.
Fleischmann’s first goal, from the left doorstep, beat sprawled
goalie Corey Crawford and broke a 1-1 tie.
Colorado opened the scoring on Mauldin’s goal with just over six
minutes left in the first period. He raced down the left side into
the slot and put Daniel Winnik’s pass by Crawford.
The lead held up only until 1:14 of the second, when Bickell
skated around a pair of Avalanche players and beat Craig Anderson
over the glove hand with a hard wrist shot.
In contrast to Monday’s game, the rematch was a more
close-checking game until Fleischmann broke out. The Blackhawks
held Colorado to 12 shots in the first two periods and 23
Injury-riddled Chicago lost forward Viktor Stalberg with seven
minutes left in the second period when he sustained an undisclosed
upper body injury when he was checked into the boards by Colorado’s
NOTES: Colorado’s Milan Hejduk missed his third straight game
(groin). Peter Mueller (head), T.J. Galardi (broken wrist), Kyle
Cuminsky (head), Kyle Quincey (shoulder) and Chris Stewart (hand)
were also sidelined. … Chicago forward Patrick Kane practiced
Wednesday and said he might play Friday against Detroit. He
sprained his left ankle on Dec. 7, and was expected to be out for
up to three weeks, but has missed only four games. There’s no
return date for winger Marian Hossa (lower body), out for seven
games, or for forward Fernando Pisani (upper body). … The
Blackhawks are 8-9 at home this season after going 29-8-4 there