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Svatos, Arnason Lead Avs Past Hawks

by Aaron Lopez / Colorado Avalanche
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Marek Svatos recorded two goals and an assist and Tyler Arnason added a goal and two helpers to lead the Colorado Avalanche to a 6-3 win over the Chicago Blackhawks Wednesday night at Pepsi Center.

Milan Hejduk (1g/1a) and Wojtek Wolski (2a) also recorded multi-point games for the Avalanche, which wrapped up its five-game homestand with a 2-2-1 record following the victory.

“I think we really did take care of our defensive zone,” said Svatos. “I think everyone was responsible and we didn’t make many turnovers on their blue line, so I think that helped and like I said everybody contributed tonight and it was a good effort by the team.”

The Avs opened the scoring in the first period on a nice give-and-go play between Hejduk and T.J. Hensick. Hensick caught a pass from Hejduk and gained the offensive zone before dropping a feed back to the veteran winger. Hejduk then proceeded to beat Chicago netminder Nikolai Khabibulin with a wrist shot to the far side at 9:13.

Svatos made it a 2-0 game 2:05 later off assists from Arnason and Wolski. Svatos beat Khabibulin to his glove side at 11:18 for his team-leading 21st goal of the season.

Colorado stretched its lead to three goals before the first intermission after Ben Guite circled behind the Chicago net and threw the puck toward the crease, where Brad Richardson knocked it home for his second goal of the season.

Each team netted one goal in the middle frame, giving the Avs a 4-1 lead after 40 minutes of play.

Robert Lang put the Blackhawks on the scoreboard with a low shot from the slot that got past Jose Theodore at the 3:17 mark. However, Andrew Brunette answered back with a power-play goal from the slot at the 12:00 mark to round out the second-period scoring.

At the start of the third period, Peter Budaj took over in the Colorado goal for Theodore, who was suffering from back spasms.

Arnason scored his fifth goal of the season at the 6:29 mark of the final stanza on an attempt from the doorstep to stretch Colorado’s lead to 5-1, while Svatos added his second tally of the night at 13:56.

Yanic Perreault added two late goals for the Blackhawks at 17:20 and 19:36 to round out the scoring.

Cy Young in Jeopardy?
Prior to the All-Star Break, Avalanche Head Coach Joel Quenneville quipped that Svatos was the leading candidate in the clubhouse for the Cy Young Award due to his 20-2 (goals-assists) line. If Svatos, who has three assists in his last four outings, keeps up his current pace, he may lose out on the award after all. With two goals and an assist against the Blackhawks, the forward moved his “record” to 22-5 on the year.

Good When He Gets a Goal
With a goal in the first period and an assist on Brunette’s power-play goal in the second period, Hejduk increased his season total to 37 points (18g/19a), which leads all players on Colorado’s active roster. The Avalanche improved to 10-3-0 when Hejduk scores a goal and 15-6-1 when the forward records at least one point.

Veteran Leadership
Brunette continued his impressive stretch of recent play with a power-play goal in the second period. Over his last eight contests, the veteran forward has totaled eight points (5g/3a).

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