CHICAGO (AP) — Tyson Barrie and the Avalanche keep finding ways to win as they move up in the NHL’s Western Conference.
The defenseman scored his second goal of the game on a power play at 4:09 of overtime, giving Colorado a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday night.
The Avalanche won their second straight and improved to 6-1-1 in their past eight games despite getting outshot 48-26 and blowing a two-goal lead.
With Jonathan Toews off for hooking, Barrie fired the game-winner past Corey Crawford on a one-timer from the left circle after taking a cross-ice pass from Matt Duchene.
“This is huge for us,” Barrie said. “We want to keep climbing in the standings.”
The 22-year-old Barrie was an unlikely star in this one. After his first two-goal game in the NHL, he has five goals this season and seven in his career.
“This is a tough building to get one point in, so we got the one. We were fortunate to get the power play there, and were able to get the two points,” he said.
The Avalanche also avenged a 7-2 drubbing by the Blackhawks in Chicago on Dec. 27. Colorado is 6-1-2 since that loss.
“We wanted to have a good bounce-back game after that,” Barrie said. “If you can beat the champs, it’s always nice.”
Barrie and Ryan O’Reilly scored 1:02 apart late in the first period to stake Colorado to a 2-0 lead. O’Reilly has three goals in his past two games.
But if goalie Semyon Varlamov hadn’t made 46 saves in a solid — and sometimes spectacular — effort, the game wouldn’t have been close.
“He’s been like this since the start of the year,” Avalanche coach Patrick Roy said. “He’s been outstanding. We rally around him.
“That was the type of performance we needed from our goalie to beat the Blackhawks.”