Colorado came into Chicago on Friday having a good day. Ottawa raised the white flag on their season, trading Matt Duchene to Columbus; Colorado owns the Senators’ first round pick in the upcoming draft.
The good times continued for the Avs after the puck dropped.
Chicago out-shot Colorado 16-11 in the first period but the Hawks’ play wasn’t consistent. Carl Soderberg scored the only goal of the first period to give the Avs a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes.
The Blackhawks opened the second period short-handed with Chris Kunitz in the box for 14 more seconds, which they successfully killed. When Chicago got their first power play of the evening, Dylan Strome made it count.
Erik Gustafsson and Duncan Keith were credited with assists on the goal.
Unfortunately the Blackhawks couldn’t stay out of the box. While Slater Koekkoek sat the Avalanche took the lead back when J.T. Compher scored his 13th of the year. The clock showed 1:55 left in the period when Compher scored.
But Patrick Kane hadn’t extended his point streak… yet.
With under 60 seconds left in the period Jonathan Toews had one helluva shift, winning the puck and firing a perfect pass across the crease to a wide open Kane. 88 took care of the rest.
The goal, Kane’s 39th, extended his point streak to 20 games. More history was made.
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) February 23, 2019
Kane, of course, is the only American-born player on that list.
The Hawks had a 29-22 shot advantage after 40 minutes and the game was tied at two.
Gabriel Landeskog gave Colorado the lead for the third time in the game at 3:36 into the third, but the Blackhawks answered again. This time Alex DeBrincat was the scorer of a power play goal.
DeBrincat’s 34th of the season had the United Center lit up and ready for more, but Chicago’s offense was done for the night.
A bad turnover by Koekkoek turned into Compher’s second goal of the night – the game-winner. Soderberg’s second of the night, an empty net short-handed goal with 34 seconds left, closed the books. Colorado took the all-important two points and moved into a playoff spot for the time being.
Kane put 13 shots on net in the game, obviously leading the team. He was on the ice for 24:46.
Toews had two assists and won 16 of 32 faceoffs. He was on the ice for 23:45.
Henri Jokiharju, who was recalled on an emergency basis because Brent Seabrook is still out and Carl Dahlstrom was sick, was limited to 9:14 in the game.
Marcus Kruger left the game early because of a right foot injury and did not return. He only skated 4:52 (seven shifts). Three other Blackhawks forwards – Kunitz, Dylan Sikura and John Hayden – were held under 10 minutes of ice time.