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Associated Press
12/17/2006 9:46:32 PM


CHICAGO (AP) - Tuomo Ruutu and Adrian Aucoin scored, and Nikolai Khabibulin stopped 28 shots to lead the Chicago Blackhawks to a 2-1 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday night.

Chicago won its second straight game and fourth in its last five. The Blackhawks improved to 7-1-3 under coach Denis Savard, who replaced Trent Yawney on Nov. 27.

Brett McLean had the lone goal for the Avalanche, whose three-game winning streak was snapped. Colorado's Jose Theodore made 23 saves.

Ruutu scored with 5:12 left in the first period, scoring his fourth goal in five games. Ruutu beat Theodore from 15 feet out in the slot after Martin Havlat's centring pass from behind the net deflected to him off the skate of Colorado's Tyler Arnason.

Theodore stopped Chicago's Jeff Hamilton on a breakaway just under two minutes into the second period.

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