The Colorado Avalanche scored three goals in the first period to carry them to victory against the Chicago Blackhawks Tuesday night at the Pepsi Center. Without star center Matt Duchene, they played well, defeating the Hawks, 5-1.
The Colorado Avalanche came out of the gates ready to play as Paul Stastny led a 2-on-1 chance, but Brent Seabrook took a gamble and poke-checked the puck away. Brad Malone, who was just called up from Lake Erie to replace Matt Duchene who went down with an injury, went to the penalty box on his first shift.
The Blackhawks had four shots on net but Semyon Varlamov was a brick wall. Moments later, the Avs would receive a gift after a weird bounce off the boards directed in front of the net right to Paul Stastny, who shot it past Corey Crawford. That goal would put the Avs up 1-0 and it was Paul Stastny’s 8th goal of the season, and was unassisted.
Nathan Mackinnon was moved up to the first line after the Duchene injury, paired with O’Reilly and Landeskog and has made the most of it so far; His speed has been too much for Chicago as he sped past their defense, but failed to convert any effort into a goal.
Colorado would put another one up on the board as Andre Benoit took a slap-shot from inside the blue line and it would be redirected by forward Gabriel Landeskog. Landy would score his 7th goal of the season, assisted by Ryan O’Reilly and Andre Benoit.
It was a goal parade in the first, as the Avs would score yet another goal. John Mitchell shot it past Crawford, giving him his 3rd goal of the season. The assists would go to Max Talbot and Tyson Barrie. Blackhawks would proceed to pull Corey Crawford who gave up three goals on seven shots.
Although the Avalanche would be outshot by the Chicago Blackhawks in the first 17-to-8, they would take the 3-0 lead heading into the 1st intermission. Blackhawks couldn’t limit their turnovers as Colorado made them pay.
The Avalanche started out the 2nd opportunity to go up big on the Blackhawks as Stastny led a 3-on-1; McGinn skated to the far right of the net and received the puck from Stastny but was stuffed by Anti Raanta.
The Blackhawks put the pressure on in the 2nd as they controlled the puck in the Avs zone for most of the time, but Semyon Varlamov was a wall as Chicago outshot Colorado 27-to-15. Tyson Barrie made a nice defensive play preventing a Blackhawks 3-on-1 as they were caught on a bad shift.
Barrie skated towards the Blackhawks player with the puck and disrupted any chance of an easy opportunity.
P.A. Parenteau added another goal late in the 2nd period as Colorado took a 4-0 lead on the Chicago Blackhawks. P.A. would score his seventh goal of the season, assisted by Paul Stastny, and Jan Hejda.
Avs would continue to put the beating on the Blackhawks as Cody McLeod scored his first goal of the season off of a rebound. He would be assisted by Max Talbot and Tyson Barrie. Chicago would be called for a two-minute minor for tripping but Colorado would fail to convert.
Chicago would finally get on the board as Brandon Saad scored his sixth goal of the season, assisted by Patrick Kane and Duncan Keith. The Avs would keep the Blackhawks off the board for the rest of the period as the final score was 5-1. Semyon Varlamov was 36/37 of saves and was brilliant all night.
3: Tyson Barrie COL: 2 assists, 3 shots, +2 rating
2: Paul Stastny COL : 1 goal, 1 assist, +1 rating
1: Semyon Varlamov COL: 36/37 saves, 10th win of season.
What’s Up Next: The Colorado Avalanche (15-5-0) travel to Phoenix Thursday to take on the Coyotes. Puck-Drop at 6:30.