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Game notes: March 19 vs. Colorado Avalanche

by Chicago Blackhawks Media Relations /

The Blackhawks defeated the Maple Leafs 2-1 in overtime on Saturday night at Air Canada Centre to extend their winning streak to four games. The Blackhawks won their league-best 23rd one-goal game. Out of 18 Blackhawks skaters, 17 registered a shot on goal, totaling 39 shots. John Hayden and Ryan Hartman each recorded goals for Chicago. Corey Crawford earned his third straight win by making 25 saves, improving his record to 29-15-3 this season. He also picked up an assist on Hartman's game-winning tally in overtime.

Chicago owns a 57-54-9-8 mark all-time against Colorado, including a 33-23-3-6 mark at the United Center. Tonight's contest marks the fourth of five matchups between the clubs this season. The teams will meet again on April 4 in Denver. The Blackhawks hold a 2-0-1 record vs. the Avalanche this season. Marian Hossa picked up three assists on Jan. 17 at COL, becoming the 32nd player in NHL history to record 500 goals and 600 assists. He paces Chicago with five points (2G, 3A) against the Avalanche this year.

Scott Darling extended his win streak to five games on Thursday at Ottawa. He has given up two goals or fewer in each of those starts, posting a 1.21 goals-allowed average and .963 save percentage during that span. He paces NHL goaltenders with a .933 SV% on the season. The last Blackhawks goaltender to lead the league in save percentage was Ed Belfour in 1990-91. Darling also ranks third among league netminders with a 2.08 GAA this season.

With their overtime victory in Toronto, Chicago has now won 11 of its previous 12 games away from the United Center, a stretch that dates back to Feb. 2. Saturday also marked the club's 23rd victory on the road, which matches a franchise record set during the 2009-10 campaign. Of Chicago's 11 remaining regular-season games, six are on the road.

Hayden netted his first career NHL goal in just his second contest. He is the seventh Blackhawk to score his first goal this season (Forsling, Hartman, Hinostroza, Kempny, Motte and Schmaltz). He also led the Blackhawks with seven hits vs. the Maple Leafs ... Hartman registered the game-winning goal in overtime. It marked the fourth game-winning goal of his career. His 16 goals this season share sixth among NHL rookies ... Artemi Panarin collected an assist and has now notched points (4G, 9A) in 11 of his last 13 contests.


C Matt Duchene: Duchene paces the Avalanche in goals (17) and ranks second in assists (20) and game-winning goals (3). He notched his 414th career NHL point on Wednesday against DET, tying Valeri Kamensky for 10th on the franchise's all-time points list. He ranks seventh in Avalanche/Nordiques history in goals (173) and is 11th in assists (241).

D Tyson Barrie: Barrie leads Avalanche blueliners in points (31), goals (6) and assists. He ranks first on the club with 23:19 of average ice time and logged a career-high 29:12 on Jan. 6 vs. NYI. 

C Nathan MacKinnon: The 2013 first-overall pick leads Colorado in points (44), assists (30), shots on goal (220), game-winning goals (4) and shorthanded tallies (2). He scored his first career regular-season overtime goal on Dec. 23 at Chicago. MacKinnon shares the team lead with four points (1G, 3A) vs. the Blackhawks this season.

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