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Sharp's Shooutout Goal Lifts Blackhawks Over Avs
CHICAGO (AP) -- Patrick Sharp scored in the third shootout round Wednesday night, lifting the Chicago Blackhawks to a 3-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche, the third straight game between the teams decided in a tiebreaker.

It was the first time the teams didn't need to go to extended shootouts. Chicago won in nine rounds on October 10th and Colorado won in eight last Friday.

Craig Anderson, a Chicago-area native who played three seasons for the Blackhawks, made 37 saves in regulation and overtime and turned aside Patrick Kane's shootout attempt. But he was beaten by Jonathan Toews in the first shootout round and then couldn't stop Sharp's backhander over his glove.

Marek Svatos scored in the shootout for the Avalanche, but Wojtek Wolski hit the post on his attempt and Darcy Tucker was stopped by Cristobal Huet. Wolski entered the game as the NHL shootout king, converting 17 of 29 (58.6 percent), but he is 0 for 3 in the three games against Chicago.

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