Blackhawks Beat Avalanche, 5-3

The Blackhawks rallied with four goals in the third period.

Associated Press
December 21, 2019 - 11:31 pm
Blackhawks forward Kirby Dach handles the puck against the Avalanche.

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DENVER (AP) — Dominik Kubalik scored the go-ahead goal with 3:17 left and the Chicago Blackhawks rallied in the third period to beat the Colorado Avalanche, 5-3, on Saturday night.

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Patrick Kane and Kirby Dach scored 28 seconds apart in Chicago's four-goal third, and Jonathan Toews had a goal and two assists to help the Blackhawks salvage the finale of their four-game season series with the Avalanche.

Kane and Kubalik also had assists for Chicago.

Colorado outscored the Blackhawks 19-7 in the first three meetings but lost a late lead this time for the second straight game. Matt Calvert had two goals and Ryan Graves added a goal and an assist for the Avalanche.

Colorado allowed three goals in the final 2:56 against Carolina on Thursday night to lose 3-1 and couldn't hold a two-goal lead Saturday. Calvert gave the Avalanche a 3-1 advantage with his goals in the second period, both of which came when he knocked in his own rebound.

It stayed that way until midway through the third when Kane skated between the circles and beat Philipp Grubauer for his 20th goal at 11:22. Dach tied it on a 2-on-1 on the next shift, and Kubalik's sixth of the season at 16:43 off a pass from Toews gave Chicago the lead.

Connor Murphy scored into an empty net with 39 seconds left to seal it.

Robin Lehner stopped 28 shots for Chicago. Grubauer made 27 saves for the Avalanche.

Graves' goal early in the first period got the Avalanche on the board.

NOTES: Colorado D Cale Makar (upper-body injury) missed his seventh straight game ... The Blackhawks placed LW Brandon Saad (right ankle) on injured reserve, a move retroactive to Thursday. The team said Saad is expected to miss several weeks ... Avalanche C Nathan MacKinnon was selected as the Central Division captain for the All-Star Game in Chicago next month.

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