The Blackhawks were swept in the home-and-home with the Avalanche after dropping the finale 7-3 on Saturday at Pepsi Center.
Brandon Saad, Dominik Kubalik and Patrick Kane scored for Chicago, but the Blackhawks went 1-for-6 on the power play and allowed 26 scoring chances against. Kane extended his point streak to 15 games with his 14th goal of the season.
Anton Wedin made his NHL debut and had a shot and was plus-one in 10:52 minutes of ice time.
How it Happened
In the first shift of the game Jonathan Toews was caught hooking Joonas Donskoi, but midway through the penalty kill Zack Smith forced a Nathan MacKinnon turnover on the boards and started a 2-on-2 rush into the offensive zone. Saad beat his man to the net and Smith floated a saucer pass right to Saad’s stick for Chicago’s third short-handed goal this season:
It was a great first five minutes for Chicago then a soft call on Wedin opened the floodgates for Colorado.
Nazem Kadri scored on the resulting power play and added his second goal of the game shortly after on a defensive breakdown by the Blackhawks during a 3-on-3 zone entry:
With nine minutes left in the first period Erik Gustafsson and Slater Koekkoek both went to the corner for a puck battle, but lost it to Donskoi who tapped it to Mikko Rantanen behind the net. Rantanen skated to his left and snapped a pass to a wide open MacKinnon in the high-slot to give the Avalanche three goals in 3:16 minutes:
Late in the opening period Alex DeBrincat just missed a neat set up by Gustafsson and then was hit late by Samuel Girard. DeBrincat dropped the gloves with Girard and easily won to give the Blackhawks a boost on the bench. Don’t mess with the Cat!
Sam Girard and Alex DeBrincat exchanging punches pic.twitter.com/eBGWtYwFSy— Brady Trettenero (@BradyTrett) December 1, 2019
Then David Kampf drew a penalty and Andrew Shaw was high-sticked in the face by Ryan Graves to give Chicago a 5-on-3. Alexander Nylander had the best look, but whiffed on a backdoor pass.
The Blackhawks started the second period with 2:37 remaining on Graves’ double-minor, but couldn’t get the puck set up in the offensive zone. After Graves left the box and ended up with the puck, Donskoi beat Nylander to the blue line, got a breakaway and roofed it on Lehner.
Colorado didn’t stop there adding three more goals in five minutes, with two of them against Corey Crawford who relieved Robin Lehner after Rantanen easily scored on a rebound.
Dominik Kubalik got one back for Chicago to make it 7-2 with 8:46 to go in middle frame. During an offensive zone entry by Kampf, Cale Makar stepped up and knocked Kampf off the puck, but it rolled right to a streaking Kubalik who went five-hole for his sixth goal of the season:
Midway through the third period Kane nearly extended his point streak to 15 games with a sweet cross-slot pass to DeBrincat, but Philipp Grubauer flashed the glove on the one-timer and DeBrincat couldn’t snap his 10-game goal drought.
Then late in the third period, the Blackhawks got their second 5-on-3 opportunity of the game. Kane cashed in with a snipe through Grubauer’s five-hole and extended his point streak to 15 games:
The Blackhawks drop to 1-4-1 in their last six games and close out November 7-5-3.
Lehner: “It’s embarassing. We have to wake up. We have to turn it around.”— Ben Pope (@BenPopeCST) December 1, 2019
1. Mikko Rantanen (COL) - One goal, three assists
2. Joonas Donskoi (COL) - Two goals, two assists
3. Nathan MacKinnon (COL) - One goal, two assists