For the fifth time in nine games, the Blackhawks had to play extra hockey.
And for the fifth time in nine game, Chicago picked up only one point.
The Hawks dominated the play for most of the game. Colorado played the entire game short one active player after Cory Sarich was a late scratch, and they lost defenseman Erik Johnson during the game to a back injury. Johnson skated only 12:45 on the night.
But Colorado’s Semyon Varlamov was outstanding, allowing only a second period goal off Johnny Oduya and a third period goal from Andrew Shaw. Chicago put 48 shots on net, missed with another 17 and had 21 more blocked by the Avalanche, but special teams ultimately led to their demise once again.
The Blackhawks’ power play failed on five opportunities with the man advantage while the Avs were able to successfully convert two of their four power plays into goals, including the game-winner in overtime.
With 85 second remaining in the overtime, Jonathan Toews was sent to the box for hooking to end what had been a good night for the Hawks’ captain. Toews won 21 of 29 faceoffs and was credited with one hit and one takeaway in the game, but taking a penalty to prevent a breakaway led to the game’s end.
Oduya led the Hawks with three blocked shots and Brandon Bollig had a team-high four hits. Patrick Sharp was frustrated all night, getting nine shots on net and missing with two more. Niklas Hjalmarsson blocked two shots and was credited with six shots on net in the game.
One bright spot was the play of Shaw, who has made an impact since being moved up to the second line with Patrick Kane and Brandon Saad. He has two goals and one assist in his last two games now, and he won six of his 12 faceoffs in 19:31 on Tuesday night.
Saad was credited with two assists, and Marian Hossa also received an assist in the game.
On the other end of the spectrum, Bryan Bickell got only nine shifts and 6:34 on the ice, once again making him the low man in the box score. After the game coach Joel Quenneville was asked specifically if Bickell was healthy, and he confirmed that it was the coach’s decision to keep his struggling forward on the bench.
Michal Handzus wasn’t close to keeping up with the speed Colorado brought to the ice and was limited to only 8:04 on the night. Handzus won only two of six faceoffs.
Defenseman Tyson Barrie skated 23:05 and scored twice, including the game-winner. It was the youngster’s highest ice time total of the year, and he stayed hot; Barrie now has six points (three goals, three assists) in his last five games.
Corey Crawford made 23 saves in the loss.