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Avs Explode For 4 Goals In Third, Rout Chicago 6-1

by Staff Writer / Colorado Avalanche
CHICAGO (AP) - Brad Richardson had a goal and an assist and Peter Budaj stopped 23 shots in the Colorado Avalanche's 6-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday night.

The Avalanche scored four times in the final 7:36 of regulation as they turned a close 2-1 game into a five-goal victory.

Brett McLean, Tyler Arnason, Ken Klee, Mark Rycroft and Jeff Finger also scored for Colorado, which started a five-game road trip and won its second straight.

Richardson was credited with a goal in the first period following an unusual, delayed video review. The teams continued to skate for 1 minute, 54 seconds after Richardson slid and knocked the puck into the net at 7:43 because no whistle sounded and the puck bounded back into play.

Tuomo Ruutu scored for Chicago, which lost for the fifth time in six games. The Blackhawks are 1-5-2 in their past eight.

Chicago's Nikolai Khabibulin stopped 26 shots.

Blackhawks leading scorer Martin Havlat returned to the lineup after missing Tuesday's game against Detroit with the flu. According Chicago coach Denis Savard, Havlat lost nearly 10 pounds in a few days.

Havlat, the Blackhawks' top offensive player, lacked his usual energy on Thursday. However, he was credited with an assist on Ruutu's goal.

After Budaj stopped Adrian Aucoin's drive from the left point, Havlat hacked at the rebound before Ruutu put it in for a 1-0 Chicago lead.

Richardson's goal at 7:43 of the first tied it 1-all following a video review.

After being hit by Chicago defenseman Brent Seabrook, Richardson slid into the net - and Khabibulin - and knocked the puck into the net with his knee.

Khabibulin kicked the puck out with his right pad and play continued without a whistle for another 1:54. Once action stopped, Richardson's play was reviewed by the NHL's Toronto office.

An overhead camera angle showed the puck had crossed the goal line by about a foot. The goal was awarded and the clock was rolled back to the 7:43 mark.

McLean made it 2-1 with 9:16 left in the first. After Khabibulin was out of position to make a save on Milan Hejduk, McLean fired the puck into an empty net.

A goal by Chicago's Jason Williams at 7:50 of the second was disallowed following a video review. It didn't appear the puck crossed the goal line.

On the play, Colorado defenseman John-Michael Liles appeared to have covered the puck in the crease. However, neither of the referees, Mike Hasenfranz or Dennis LaRue, awarded Chicago a penalty shot.

Arnason made it 3-1 with 7:36 left in the third. From the edge of the crease, he redirected Richardson's centering pass.

Klee made it 4-1 with an empty-net goal with 1:52 left. With Khabibulin back in goal, Rycroft and Finger scored in the final 1:26 to complete the scoring.

Notes: Paul Stastny extended his point streak to 14 games, the second longest scoring streak by a rookie in franchise history ... Colorado RW Scott Parker played his first game since rejoining the Avalanche in a trade from San Jose on Tuesday. Parker spent his first four seasons with Colorado. ... Avalanche D Karlis Skrastins missed his third game with a knee injury after playing in 495 straight contests to set an NHL record for a defenseman. RW Marek Svatos sat out with a groin injury. ... Chicago RW Nikita Alexeev played his first game with the Blackhawks after being acquired from Tampa Bay on Tuesday and saw both even-strength and power-play duty. ... Chicago RW Rene Bourque missed the game with the flu.
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