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Avs Fall in OT to Hawks to End 2015

The Colorado Avalanche looked to end 2015 on a winning note, coming off an explosive road win against the San Jose Sharks. On Thursday, the Avs faced off against the Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks for the second time this season and for the first time at home, kicking off a five game homestand. The Avalanche won the last meeting in Chicago, 3-0, which put an end to Patrick Kane’s historic points streak.

CarlSoderbergFor the 11th straight game, the Avalanche scored first, with a power play goal by Carl Soderberg in the first period to make it 1-0. The Blackhawks tied it up later in the period with a goal by Artem Anisimov, but this was after the Avalanche had a golden chance to score a shorthanded goal in an empty net, but the pass to Blake Comeau was side. The Hawks took over the second with goals by Andrew Desjardins and Patrick Kane to make it 3-1 for the Stanley Cup Champions, with Kane’s goal coming on the power play. Cody McLeod cut the Hawks’ lead to one later in the period, and Erik Johnson tied it up with just over four minutes remaining in regulation to force overtime.

The extra period did not fare well for the Avalanche. Though Semyon Varlamov made a key save on a breakaway from the Hawks, the Avs committed a Too Many Men penalty that gave the Hawks a power play with barely over two minutes left. As always, Jonathan Toews was in the right place in the right time and put it in to give the Blackhawks a 4-3 victory in OT.

The Avs are now 1-3 in OT this season, with all four of their OT games taking place on home ice. Three of the four OT games took place in the month. The Avs are 1-1-2 since winning five straight, but even with that shaky ending, the team still had a spectacular December, going 9-3-2 in the month. Overall, the Avalanche are 18-17-3 with 39 points, and look to continue winning in January to climb the ladder in the monstrous Central Division.

The Avalanche’s homestand continues on Saturday with the team’s first game of 2016 against the Calgary Flames.

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