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Kane extends point streak to 20 games, Blackhawks fall to Avalanche

Scores goal to continue season's longest run; Colorado wins third straight

by Scott King / NHL.com Correspondent

Compher's breakaway tally

COL@CHI: Compher nets second goal on breakaway

Patrik Nemeth dishes the puck to J.T. Compher, who races down the ice and roofs a shot on a breakaway for his second goal of the game

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CHICAGO -- Patrick Kane extended his point streak to 20 games, but J.T. Compher and Carl Soderberg each scored two goals in the Colorado Avalanche's third straight win, 5-3 against the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center on Friday.

Kane, who had an NHL career high 13 shots on goal, tied the game 2-2 when he scored at 19:31 of the second period from the right face-off circle off a pass from Jonathan Toews.

Kane's point streak is the longest in the NHL this season. He has 43 points (17 goals, 26 assists) over the stretch.

 

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"I had a couple of chances at the end," Kane said. "Maybe get a puck at the net and it would have been nice to see another one go in. But I thought I had some chances to shoot tonight."

Gabriel Landeskog had a goal and an assist for Colorado (26-24-11), which trails the Minnesota Wild by one point for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference. Semyon Varlamov made 41 saves.

Video: COL@CHI: Kane scores to extend point streak to 20

Dylan Strome and Alex DeBrincat scored for Chicago (26-27-9), which trails Minnesota by three points in the wild card race. Collin Delia made 26 saves.

The Avalanche have won four of their past five games after an eight-game losing streak (0-5-3).

"It's a big win for us," Varlamov said. "We had a really tough game today, a really tight game. We fought back and scored in the end. I think Patrik Nemeth blocked 10 shots. That was huge. Everybody played well."

Compher's second goal of the game gave Colorado a 4-3 lead when he scored on a breakaway at 14:38 of the third period.

"We knew how big this game was," Compher said. "We were prepared from the start. They've been playing really good hockey, they've been hot over the last two months. We knew the chances we get to play the teams we're battling with are big-time games, and we showed up tonight."

Soderberg gave the Avalanche a 1-0 lead at 16:09 of the first period.

Video: COL@CHI: Soderberg pots wrister for his 20th goal

Strome tied it 1-1 on a power play at 10:48 of the second period on a rebound after Gustafsson's shot from the blue line bounced off the boards behind the net.

Compher's power-play goal at 18:05 of the second made it 2-1.

Landeskog scored from the left circle at 3:36 of the third period to give Colorado a 3-2 lead.

DeBrincat tied it 3-3 at 10:00 of the third when he backhanded his own rebound over Varlamov's pad.

Video: COL@CHI: DeBrincat buries rebound for power-play goal

Soderberg scored his second of the game into an empty net at 19:27 of the third for the 5-3 final.

"We're right there in it, tie it up 1-1, tie it up 2-2 then tie it up 3-3, and unfortunate to give one up there with five minutes left," Kane said. "Would have been nice to get a point and see what happens, but that's the way it goes sometimes."

 

They said it

"You see who won the Hart Trophy last year, and in my book there's no doubt that he should be taking home some hardware at the end of the season this year. But we all know he's not worried about that right now; he's worried about keeping his streak going and staying hot and playing his game, and every night he's a big part of our offense, so it's pretty incredible to see him do it night after night." -- Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews on forward Patrick Kane

Video: Clutch Performance: Kane's streak reaches 20 games

"He's been outstanding. He's on a hot streak, so it's awesome to see. He works so hard and he's always trying to better his game. He cares so much about winning too, so it's awesome to see when he comes up big for us. You can't help but feel confident with him in the net." -- Avalanche center Tyson Jost on goalie Semyon Varlamov

 

Need to know

Landeskog has six points (three goals, three assists) in his past five games. … Kane had the most shots on a goal in a game since Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin had 15 against the Detroit Red Wings on Nov. 10, 2015. … Blackhawks forward Marcus Kruger injured his right foot and did not play in the third period. ... Chicago defenseman Henri Jokiharju was recalled from Rockford of the American Hockey League and replaced defenseman Carl Dahlstrom, who missed the game because of flu-like symptoms. … DeBrincat has eight points (five goals, three assists) during a four-game point streak. He has 24 points (11 goals, 13 assists) in his past 14 games. … Toews had two assists and extended his point streak to five games (three goals, four assists). He has 21 points (10 goals, 11 assists) in his past 13 games.

 

What's next

Avalanche: At the Nashville Predators on Saturday (5:30 p.m. ET; FS-TN, ALT, NHL.TV)

Blackhawks: Host the Dallas Stars on Sunday (3 p.m. ET; ESPN+, WGN, FS-SW, NHL.TV)

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