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Blackhawks buried by Avalanche; officially eliminated from playoff contention

Colorado scored three times in a decisive second period.

NHL: Colorado Avalanche at Chicago Blackhawks Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Blackhawks were officially eliminated from playoff contention Tuesday night with a 5-1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche.

As they’ve been known to do in 2018, the Blackhawks scored first when Brent Seabrook’s blast from the point got past Colorado goalie Semyon Varlamov, and that power play goal put the Hawks up 1-0 late in the first period.

Scoring first seems like a good strategy, doesn’t it? More on that in a bit.

The second period is where it all went wrong for the Hawks. First, Alexander Kerfoot scored on the Avs’ power play just two minutes into the period, making it a 1-1 game. Three minutes later, a nifty passing play between Colorado’s top line set up Mikko Rantanen with an empty net, and he buried that scoring chance for a 2-1 Avalanche lead. After an elbowing penalty by David Kampf in the middle of the second, Colorado added a second power play goal and its third of the period when Tyson Barrie’s slap shot found its way into the net, even though Chicago goalie Anton Forsberg got a piece of it with this glove.

Varlamov withstood a Chicago barrage in the final period, and then Erik Johnson scored a 200-foot empty-net goal to put the game out of reach. One minute later, Kerfoot padded his fantasy stats with his second goal of the game.

Thought time.

3 Thoughts

The penalty kill is trending in the wrong direction

It felt like the Blackhawks penalty kill has been giving up far too many goals of late. I looked up the numbers and, well ...

That tweet came after the Avalanche’s second power play goal of the night on as many chances. Not great, Bob.

Scoring the first goal of the game is ... bad?

A Twitter conversation between Daily Herald reporter John Dietz and Chicago Sun-Times reporter Mark Potash focused on the bizarre bad luck that seems to follow the Hawks when they score first.

And to add some more context to those numbers:

Of course.

Just eight games left.

And then we can pretend this whole season never happened.

3 Stars

  1. Mikko Rantanen (COL) — 1 goal, 1 assist
  2. Tyson Barrie (COL) — 1 goal, 1 assist
  3. Semyon Varlamov (COL) — 44 saves

Beer of the game: Sea Witch, a tasty oatmeal stout from the Pokro Brewing Company in Griffith, Ind.