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Sharp, Toews lead Blackhawks past Avalanche 7-2

10:11 PM, Dec 27, 2013   |    comments
Dec 27, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov (1) makes a save on a shot from Chicago Blackhawks center Michal Handzus (26) in the third period at the United Center. Chicago won 7-2. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
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CHICAGO (AP) - Patrick Sharp scored three goals for his third career hat trick and set up one of Jonathan Toews' two scores to lead the Chicago Blackhawks past the Colorado Avalanche 7-2 on Friday night.

Toews added two assists as both he and Sharp finished with four points. Michal Handzus and Kris Versteeg also scored for the Blackhawks, whose league-leading offense powered them to a second straight win and improved them to 7-1-1 in their past nine.

Colorado's Paul Stastny and Gabriel Landeskog beat Chicago rookie Antti Raanta, who finished with 16 saves in his eighth straight start - all since Blackhawks top goalie Corey Crawford suffered a lower-body injury on Dec. 8

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