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Blackhawks win 3rd straight with 2-1 victory over Avalanche

Collin Delia makes 35 saves in his season debut for Chicago.

NHL: Chicago Blackhawks at Colorado Avalanche Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Collin Delia made 35 saves in his NHL season debut to lead the Blackhawks to their first three-game winning streak with a 2-1 victory over the Avalanche on Friday at Pepsi Center in Denver.

Delia has now won both his NHL season debuts. He made 25 stops last season against Winnipeg on March 29 in Chicago.

Alex DeBrincat and Artem Anisimov each scored for Chicago.

JT Compher, a Northbrook, Illinois native, tallied the lone goal for Colorado. Philipp Grubauer made 26 saves in the loss.

Delia made his presence known in the early stages of the first period, after an early wave from Colorado saw the Avs pressure the goaltender with a handful of early scoring chances. Despite their best efforts early on, Chicago’s young netminder kept the opposition off the scoreboard after an early four-shot advantage.

The Blackhawks (12-19-6) rallied though, and scored the first goal of the game after Dominik Kahun set up DeBrincat on a beautiful 2-on-1 play. DeBrincat’s fifth goal in his last seven games moved him into a tie with Jonathan Toews for the second most on the team this season.

Compher tied it 1-1 by firing home a great pass from Alexander Kerfoot. Chicago defenseman Gustav Forsling got lost on a play below the goal line, which created the scoring opportunity for Compher.

What the Blackhawks were able to do in shutting down Colorado’s power play, they were not able to do in allowing shots on goal. Delia faced 25 shots on goal in the first two periods, and repeatedly kept his team in the game despite not having much help in front of him. Sound familiar?

Anisimov cleaned up a Patrick Kane wrister just 1:19 into the third period for the game-winner.

Clinging to their 2-1 lead in the third, the Blackhawks were put to the test one last time when Brent Seabrook was called for a tripping minor. Two minutes later, the high-flying line of Mikko Rantanen, Nathan McKinnon and Gabriel Landeskog were still scoreless as the Blackhawks killed off their fifth penalty of the game. Delia made a couple more big stops to seal the victory.

The Blackhawks return home from their two-game road trip to face the Panthers on Sunday night at the United Center.

3 Stars

1) Collin Delia (CHI) - 35 saves

2) Artem Anisimov (CHI) - 1 goal, 4 shots

3) Philipp Grubauer (COL) - 26 saves