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Amonte collected two goals and two assists as the Blackhawks ended a three-game losing streak with a 6-4 victory over the undermanned Colorado Avalanche.
After going five games without a goal, Chicago's lone All-Star representative set up a first-period tally by Jean-Yves Leroux and scored late in the second to break a 2-2 tie. Amonte got an assist on Dean McAmmond's goal 6:54 into the third and scored his 23rd of the season to make it 6-3 with 5:26 remaining.
"I was getting the opportunities, they were there. I was getting a lot of shots the last few games, they just weren't going in the net," Amonte said. "The first one that went in was just a lucky tip. And those are the ones that seem to get you going. And hopefully it's the start of something."
Doug Gilmour added a goal and an assist for the Blackhawks, who are 10-5-1 in the last 16 home games against Colorado.
Playing without injured regulars Joe Sakic, Dave Reid, Stephane Yelle and Alexei Gusarov, the Avalanche got power-play goals from All-Stars Peter Forsberg and Sandis Ozolinsh but fell to 1-2-1 on a road trip that ends Saturday in St. Louis.
"Whether we like it or not, and as frustrating as it is, you look at the entire league and you see this. Because the league is so even that even if a team is in the basement and you're not ready for them, you're going to pay. That is exactly what happened," Colorado coach Bob Hartley said.
After Forsberg got the Avalanche on the board in the final minute of the period, Colorado tied it midway through the second by snapping a shot from the left side inside the near goalpost for his 15th of the season.
Amonte broke the tie with 4:46 left in the second, deflecting Gilmour's shot from the right circle past rookie Marc Denis. Gilmour struck with just over a minute to go in the period and McAmmond made it 5-2 just under seven minutes into the third.
Amonte and Ozolinsh traded goals thereafter.
Denis stopped only 24 shots and has surrendered nine goals in four periods over his last two starts.
"It was a bad team effort. But on the other hand, when you score four goals on the road, you're in a situation where you should win your games," he said. "To give up six goals was unacceptable."
Jocelyn Thibault also made 24 saves for Chicago.
"It's great for us to score some goals," he said. "And it's nice when a team goes out and gets six in front of you."