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Avalanche / B'Hawks End Even

The Colorado Avalanche acquired Theo Fleury for offense. He's done just that when he hasn't been hurt.

Fleury scored the game-tying goal, his 32nd of the season, in his first game back from a knee injury, as the Colorado Avalanche skated to a 5-5 tie with the Chicago Blackhawks Saturday.

Joe Sakic, who received his first fighting major since Feb. 28, 1990, had two goals and Claude Lemieux added a goal and two assists for Colorado.

The Avalanche had Fleury back for the first time in eight games since suffering a sprained right knee on March 1, one day after being acquired in trade from Calgary. Fleury also scored a goal in his debut with Colorado.

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  • Sandis Ozolinsh had two assists for Colorado, which is 2-6-2 in its last 10 home games.

    "I missed more games in this stretch than I had in my whole career and knew I was ready to come back," Fleury said. "But I needed to test the knee out in the game. I passed the test."

    Alexei Zhamnov had a goal and two assists and Eric Daze a goal and assist for the Blackhawks. Tony Amonte extended his point streak to five games with a goal and an assist for the undermanned Blackhawks.

    "Our defensive game is not what it used to be," Colorado coach Bob Hartley said. "I don't know how many outnumbered situations we gave up and I don't want to know."

    Chicago made a trade prior to Saturday's game that sent forwards Chad Kilger, Ethan Moreau, Dan Cleary and defenseman Christian Laflamme to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for winger Dean McAmmond, defenseman Boris Mironov and the rights to Swedish player Jonas Elofsson.

    "I think the last couple of days have been very emotional ones for our team, with three guys put on waivers and then a trade today," Chicago coach Lorne Molleken said. "We played hard and played together and it was a battle out there to the end."

    Chicago led 3-2 after a first period n which Ed Olczyk and Jean-Yves Leroux scored goals in the first three minutes for the Blackhawks. Power-play goals by Sakic at 8:35 and Lemieux at 9:29 tied the game at 2.

    Chicago broke the tie at 14:00 when Zhamnov intercepted an errant cross-ice pass by Alexei Gusarov inside the blue line. Zhamnov fed Amonte for a breakaway and Amonte backhanded the puck past Patrick Roy for his 35th of the year and second shorthanded.

    Drury's 18th of the year early in the second period tied the game at 3-3. Zhamnov tipped in a perfect pass from off the side boards by Daze past Roy at 13:15, but Colorado deadlocked it when Sakic scored his second power-play goal of the game with 36 seconds left in the second period.

    Daze put the Blackhawks up 5-4 at 3:08 of the third period on a pass from Jean-Pierre Dumont.

    "I worked hard to have some scoring chances," Dumont said. "I got the puck to Eric after Chris Chelios got me the puck along the boards. Hopefully, this won't be my last chance I have."

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