Peter Budaj made 24 saves and Marek Svatos and Ryan Smyth each had a goal and an assist to help the Colorado Avalanche beat the Chicago Blackhawks 5-1 on Sunday and end a six-game losing streak.
Ben Guite, Chris Stewart, Milan Hejduk also scored for the Avalanche, whose skid was their longest since dropping eight straight as the Quebec Nordiques in January 1992.
Colorado’s Tyler Arnason added three assists to tie a career high for points in a game.
Jonathan Toews scored a for Chicago, which lost its second straight. Toews has 11 goals in his last 11 games for the team lead with 28 goals.
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