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RECAP: Blackhawks Fall to Avalanche, 5-2

Chicago drops first game of home-and-home with Colorado

by Carter Baum @CarterBaum / Blackhawks.com

The Blackhawks opened up the first half of a home-and-home with the Colorado Avalanche with a 5-2 loss on Friday afternoon at the United Center. 

PLAYER OF THE GAME: Patrick Kane led all Chicago forwards with 21:25 of ice time and added a goals and three shots in the loss. 

STAT OF THE NIGHT: Zack Smith scored his first goal as a member of the Blackhawks with his first-period tally. It was the 95th goal of his career with the previous 94 all coming with the Ottawa Senators. 

UP NEXT: Chicago and Colorado both head to the Rockies to complete the second game of the back-to-back on Saturday night in Denver. 


GAME RECAP

The Avs got on the board in the game's opening minute as J.T. Compher quickly fired a loose puck towards the net in the offensive end, deflecting off Nathan MacKinnon and past Corey Crawford at 0:59 of the first. 

Colorado would double the lead shortly after as Ryan Graves jumped on the rebound off a shot from the near point and beat a sprawled out Crawford for a low angle on the far side of the net at 3:17 of the first. 

A strong forecheck paid dividends for the Blackhawks at the 9:14 mark as Ryan Carpenter muscled the puck back in the corner and quickly found Smith on the doorstep, where the veteran put home his first as a Blackhawk to cut the lead to 2-1. 

Video: COL@CHI: Smith strikes from the doorstep

Valeri Nichushkin picked a up a loose puck off a draw in his own zone and split a pair of Chicago defenders before beating Crawford glove side at 9:45 of the second for a 4-1 lead. 

MacKinnon found his second of the night for a 5-1 lead converting a feed from Compher off the rush at 11:26 of the second. 

Kane extended his point streak to 14 games in the final seconds of the middle frame, picking up the rebound off a Jonathan Toews shot from the point and beating Pavel Francouz with a quick backhander at 19:56. Kane has 10 goals and 13 assists in his current run. 

Video: COL@CHI: Kane scores to extend point streak to 14

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