Colorado at Chicago

Sharp, Ladd combine for six points to lead Blackhawks in blowout

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CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks are off to their best start in seven seasons, the last time they made the playoffs.

Patrick Sharp and Andrew Ladd each had two goals and an assist, leading the Blackhawks over the Colorado Avalanche 6-2 on Monday night for their third straight victory.

Troy Brouwer and Cam Barker also scored for Chicago, which improved to 6-3-3 overall and remained unbeaten in regulation at home (5-0-2).

"So far we've been pretty good at home," Ladd said. "Something we've stressed as a team is to make it hard for other teams to come into this building."

The Blackhawks also were 6-3-3 through their first 12 games in '01-02, the only season in the last 10 when they qualified for the postseason.

On Monday, Chicago launched a string of five straight home games by pulling away late. The Blackhawks led just 3-2 early in the third, but Sharp connected twice and Ladd scored once in the final 9:28 of regulation to seal the victory.

"We talked about how we want to gather up as many points as we can in this homestand," said Sharp, who leads Chicago with nine goals and 16 points. "It was a good first game. We're learning how to win games."

The Blackhawks improved to 5-1-2 under coach Joel Quenneville, who replaced Denis Savard on Oct. 16 four games into the season. Quenneville, who coached Colorado the last three seasons, faced his old team for the first time.

"I'm glad it's over with," Quenneville said. "It's tricky, kind of like playing against your old buddies, but at the same time we mean business."

Ben Guite and Milan Hejduk scored for the Avalanche, who lost their fourth straight. Peter Budaj stopped 31 shots.

"The last 30 minutes of the game were pretty tough to watch," Colorado coach Tony Granato said. "The first 30 minutes we came and played with intensity and had chance to win."

Colorado's Adam Foote assisted on Guite's goal, giving him 181 assists with the Avalanche and tying Sandis Ozolinsh's team record for defensemen.

Guite scored the lone goal of the first period with 3:38 left on a shot Nikolai Khabibulin misplayed. Guite's 40-foot drive from right wing struck Khabibulin's stick, then rolled under him and over the goal line.

Ladd tied it at 1 early in the second. From the low edge of the left circle, he ripped in a rebound of Dustin Byfuglien's shot from the slot.

Brouwer's goal gave Chicago a 2-1 lead with 2:19 left in the second. As Brouwer skated to the net, Sharp's shot glanced off the back of his leg. The puck rolled toward the goal and Brouwer stuffed it in.

Barker's power-play goal at 1:21 of the third made it 3-1. His screened drive from the slot slipped between Budaj's pads.

Just less than a minute later, Hejduk cut it to 3-2 on a shot from the right circle that beat Khabibulin just inside the left post.

Sharp made it 4-2 midway through the third when he scored from between the circles to complete a 3-on-2 break.

Ladd fired in his second goal from a sharp angle left of the net with just more than four minutes left to make it 5-2. Sharp's second goal, from the slot, completed the scoring with 2:34 left.

Khabibulin made 24 saves.

Notes

  • Quenneville compiled a 131-92-23 record in three seasons with Colorado, but his contract was not renewed after the Avalanche were eliminated in the second round of the 2008 playoffs.
  • The Blackhawks' next road game is Nov. 18 at Phoenix when they begin a six-game trip.
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Chicago's Patrick Sharp plays a big role in the rout over the Avs with two goals and an assist.  (AP)
Chicago's Patrick Sharp plays a big role in the rout over the Avs with two goals and an assist. (AP)
Scoreboard
Colorado (5-7-0)1012
Chicago  (6-3-3) «0246
Three Stars
A. Ladd
CHI


Goals: 2
Assist(s): 1
P. Sharp
CHI


Goals: 2
Assist(s): 1
T. Brouwer
CHI


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0

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Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
16:22Ben Guite (2), Slap Shot. Assist: Clark, Foote
2ND PERIOD
03:54Andrew Ladd (2), Wrist Shot. Assist: Byfuglien, Bolland
17:41Troy Brouwer (1), Tip-In. Assist: Sharp, Johnson
3RD PERIOD
01:21Power Play - Cam Barker (2), Slap Shot. Assist: Campbell, Kane
02:13Milan Hejduk (8), Wrist Shot. Assist: Smyth, Liles
10:32Patrick Sharp (8), Slap Shot. Assist: Toews, Ladd
15:48Andrew Ladd (3), Slap Shot. Assist: Byfuglien, Bolland
17:26Patrick Sharp (9), Wrist Shot. Assist: Kane, Seabrook
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
05:07Sakic, 2 min, Hooking
07:48Seabrook, 2 min, Bench - Too Many Men on the Ice
13:48Sharp, 2 min, Slashing
2ND PERIOD
07:58Eager, 5 min, Fighting
07:58Laperriere, 5 min, Fighting
10:18Sharp, 2 min, Holding the Stick
12:56Burish, 5 min, Fighting
12:56McLeod, 5 min, Fighting
19:20Liles, 2 min, Hooking
3RD PERIOD
59.0Hejduk, 2 min, Hooking
08:19Ladd, 2 min, Holding
16:39Fraser, 2 min, Roughing
16:39Burish, 2 min, Roughing
16:39Burish, 10 min, Misconduct
16:39McLeod, 2 min, Roughing
16:39McLeod, 2 min, Roughing
Shots On Goal
 123T
Colorado1110526
Chicago11151137
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Peter Budaj59:55316
Nikolai Khabibulin59:26242
Power Play Conversions
Power Play
Colorado0-for-4
Chicago1-for-3
Game Information
Attendance - 21142
Referees - Tom Kowal, Brad Meier
Linesmen - Andy McElman, Mark Pare
 
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Buf 2 Final
NJ 0
Colu 3 Final
OT
NYI 4