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RECAP: Blackhawks 2, Avalanche 1 OT

Duncan Keith's solo effort in overtime lifted Chicago to a 2-1 victory over the visiting Avalanche

by Chris Wescott / blackhawks.com

RAPID REACTION:  Duncan Keith scored the overtime winner to lift Chicago to a much-needed 2-1 victory over the visiting Colorado Avalanche, putting an end to the Blackhawks three-game skid.

Video: COL@CHI: Keith tucks OT winner five-hole on Grubauer

The Blackhawks doubled up the Avalanche in shots through the first 20 minutes of play, 14-7. Unfortunately for the home team, however, penalty troubles allowed Colorado to gain the first lead of the game.

Like they did in the first game of this back-to-back series, the Avalanche capitalized on a 5-on-3 power play opportunity. Alexander Kerfoot's power-play goal at 15:26 of the second put the visitors up 1-0.

Chicago was outshooting Colorado 25-17 after two periods but had yet to find a way to break Philipp Grubauer.

Artem Anisimov tipped Brent Seabrook's shot in on a power play early in the third to even things up at 1-1. The goal was Anisimov's 14th of the year.

Video: COL@CHI: Anisimov deflects a PPG past Grubauer

Chicago dominated the shot count 40-20 in regulation but Grubauer was outstanding stopping all but one to send it to overtime.

Keith went coast-to-coast and drove the net, burying his sixth goal of the season at 1:23 of the OT period for the win.

TALKING POINTS: 

"It's the biggest game of the year. Every game you could say, probably, biggest game of the year from here on out. We've been saying that for a while and that showed, I think, in our desperation, our management with the puck and guys competing." - Duncan Keith on the feeling in the locker room after defeating Colorado  

"It feels good. We got our two points and we just need to get ready for the next one. One game at a time...We played as a team today, four lines going. Everybody played the right way." - Artem Anisimov on Chicago's play against the Avalanche

WHAT'S NEXT: The Blackhawks hit the road for three games, beginning Tuesday night in Arizona against the Coyotes. The game, at 9 p.m. CT, can be seen on WGN-TV or heard on WGN 720.

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