Sunday, January 10, 2016

Colorado Gets Avalanched By The Blackhawks, 6-3, for 7th Win In A Row

The Chicago Blackhawks exploded a barrage of goals on the Colorado Avalanche as Marian Hossa and Patrick Kane, both had 2 goals in a 6-3 win.

The Avalanche started the game pressuring Corey Crawford and Crow was up to the challenge, stopping all 11 1st period shots.  It took the Blackhawks 6 minutes to get their first shot.  Dennis Rasmussen won a faceoff, Ryan Garbutt fired a shot at the net, and Brandon Mashinter pushed in a loose rebound in front of the net to give the Blackhawks a 1-0 lead.  With less than 4 minutes remaining in the period, Kane wristed a shot past Semyon Varlamov, who was completely screened by Artem Anisimov.  The period would end with the Hawks with a 2-0 lead, and a shot advantage of 13-11.

It took the Blackhawks 1:39 to find the back of the net again when Hossa had an entire open net to work with after receiving a nice pass from Niklas Hjalmarsson to give the Hawks a comfy, 3-0 lead.  That comfy lead did not last long as Matt Duchene snapped a wicked shot past up and over Crawford to bring Colorado to within 3-1.  Four minutes later, Duchene, patient with the puck, caught Crawford leaning in the opposite direction and scored his 2nd of the night to make the score, 3-2.  The game opened up after that.  Chances for both teams, and it lead to a Blackhawks power play.  Amazingly, the Avs let Kane walk right in the slot and snap a wrist shot, short side, to give the Hawks a 4-2 lead.  Varlamov was then replaced in net for Colorado.  Two minutes later, Jonathan Toews went top cheese on replacement Calvin Pickard to make it, 5-2, Blackhawks.  The period wound not end until Hossa scored his 2nd of the night to bust the game open, 6-2.  Patrick Roy oozed into his players as Nathan MacKinnon took an Unsportsmanlike Conduct penalty after the 6th goal.

The 3rd period...well...some would say it was boring.  There was only one goal scored in the period and it was from MacKinnon as he snapped a shot from the slot past the glove of Crawford to make it, 6-3.  Although again, both teams had great chances, the back of the nets were given the rest of the night off.

Notable mentions: A number of pointless streaks were snapped tonight: Mashinter (5 gms), who hasn't played since 12/31, Garbutt (18 gms), Rasmussen (9 gms), Trevor van Riemsdyk (22 gms).  Marian Hossa also snapped a 14 game goalless streak.  Joanthan Toews' goal tonight ties him for 11th with Patrick Sharp on the All-Time Blackhawks Goals List.  He was also a +3 tonight which catapults him atop the Blackhawks All-Time +/- List, surpassing All-Time Great, Steve Larmer (+184).  The Blackhawks are now only 4 points behind Division-Leading Dallas Stars.

Three Stars Of The Game
1st - CHI - Marian Hossa - 2G, +3
2nd - CHI - Patrick Kane - 2G, 6 shots
3rd - COL - Matt Duchene - 2G 1A, 4 shots

Next Game: Tuesday, January 12th, Home vs. Nashville Predator, 7:30PM CT


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