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Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Rapid Reaction: Avs 5, Blackhawks 2

By Jesse Rogers



A quick look at the Chicago Blackhawks' 5-2 loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday.

How it happened: The Avalanche scored twice in the third period to break a 2-2 tie and pull away before adding an empty netter. Colorado had a boatload of odd-man rushes and they paid off. David Jones scored twice for the Avalanche as the teams combined for four goals in the opening six minutes of the second period. Brent Seabrook and Patrick Kane had the Hawks’ tallies but that’s all they would get. J.S. Giguere outplayed Ray Emery, who was asked to make too many saves on those odd-man rushes. The back-breaker was Jones’ second goal on a mini breakaway. He went short side, getting one by Emery he should have stopped.

What it means: If it’s possible, the Hawks defense played even worse than it has in many games recently, and this is with a renewed emphasis on play in their own zone. Duncan Keith was on ice for four goals against as he continues to struggle. He fumbled another puck at the Hawks’ blue line that turned into a goal against, just as he did in Calgary. Emery was OK early, but probably didn’t make enough big saves, and then let in a weak fourth goal to seal the deal for Colorado. The losing streak is at six as the Hawks are 0-3-1 so far on their nine-game road trip.

What’s next: The Hawks will get a couple days of practice before taking on the San Jose Sharks on Friday as the road trip continues.