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RECAP: Blackhawks Fall to Avalanche, 7-3

Patrick Kane extends point streak to 15 games with power play tally in the third

by Carter Baum @CarterBaum / Blackhawks.com

The Blackhawks scored the first goal and the last two goals, but it was an Avalanche of goals in between that saw Chicago drop a 7-3 result in the Rockies on Saturday night. 

STAT OF THE NIGHT: Brandon Saad notched his second shorthanded goal of the season, tying the league lead this year and putting him tied for third in shorthanded tallies since the start of 2018-19 with his fifth in that span. 

UP NEXT: Chicago returns home to face the St. Louis Blues on Monday night at the United Center at 7:30 p.m. (TICKETS).


GAME RECAP

The Blackhawks got on the board early while down a man as Zack Smith and Saad took the rush the other way shorthanded, with the former finding the latter driving the back post for a 1-0 lead at 1:37 of the first. 

Video: CHI@COL: Kubalik snipes puck five-hole in the 2nd

Colorado answered back on their second power play of the night as Mikko Rantanen found Nazem Kadri with a cross-ice feed that he put past Robin Lehner at 6:53 of the first. 

Kadri added his second of the game just minutes later off the rush as the trailer in the high slot, receiving a pass from Matt Nieto that he buried for a 2-0 lead at 9:18. 

Nathan MacKinnon would find the net from a similar position at 11:08 of the opening frame for a 3-1 lead heading into the first intermission for the second consecutive game. 

The second period started off on the wrong foot as Colorado struck soon after returning to full strength with Joonas Donskoi finding the back of the net off the rush into the Blackhawks end at 2:52. 

From there, things continued to trend Colorado's way. Mikko Rantanen scored in his first game back from injury at 5:50 of the middle frame, putting home a rebound off a Samuel Girard wrist shot. Donskoi then added his second of the night at 8:28 for a 6-1 lead before Tyson Jost made it 7-1 at 10:36.

Chicago broke the Avalanche onslaught as Dominik Kubalik beat Philippe Grubauer five hole after David Kampf paid the price off the rush to find Kubalik for the goal at 11:14 of the second to make it 7-2. 

Video: CHI@COL: Kubalik snipes puck five-hole in the 2nd

Patrick Kane extended his point streak to 15 games (11G, 13A) with a 5-on-3 power play goal at 14:38 of the third off a feed from Erik Gustafsson to make it 7-3.

Video: CHI@COL: Kane scores PPG in 3rd period

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