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Chicago 5, Colorado 3
When: 9:00 PM ET, Saturday, December 21, 2019
Where: Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado
Referees: Chris Lee, Kendrick Nicholson
Linesmen: Greg Devorski, Jonny Murray
Attendance: 18056

Patrick Kane and Kirby Dach scored 28 seconds apart to start a third-period rally, Dominik Kubalik scored a go-ahead goal late in the third, and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the host Colorado Avalanche 5-3 on Saturday night in Denver.

Jonathan Toews had a goal and two assists, Connor Murphy scored an empty-net goal and Robin Lehner had 28 saves for the Blackhawks. Kubalik and Kane also had assists.

Matt Calvert scored twice, Ryan Graves had a goal and an assist and Tyson Jost had two assists for the Avalanche, who blew a late lead before losing in regulation for the second straight game. Philipp Grubauer stopped 27 shots.

Calvert made it a 3-1 game in the final minute of the second period when he picked up his own rebound against the back boards and banked it off the pads of a sprawled Lehner into the net at 19:09. It was his eighth of the season.

But Chicago got even in a hurry in the third period. Kane cut the deficit to one with his 20th of the season at 11:22, shooting through a screen and under Grubauer's arm. Just 28 seconds later, Dach slid one by Grubauer on an odd-man rush to make it 3-3.

Kubalik put the Blackhawks ahead when he scored at 16:43 on a one-timer in front, and Murphy iced it with his third of the season with 39 seconds left.

Graves opened the scoring at 6:01 of the first, taking a pass from Joonas Donskoi from below the goal line and slapping a rolling puck from the top of the right circle through Lehner's legs. It was his sixth of the season.

Toews tied it just 21 seconds into the second period when he tapped in a cross-ice pass from Kane. It was his eighth of the season.

Colorado got the lead back 2:19 later. Lehner made the initial save on Calvert's close-in shot, but the forward poked the rebound through the pads before Lehner could cover up for a whistle.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Chicago   Colorado
Jonathan Toews 3 Points Matt Calvert 2
Jonathan Toews 1 Goals Matt Calvert 2
Jonathan Toews 2 Assists Tyson Jost 2
N/A Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Robin Lehner .903 Save Percentage Philipp Grubauer .871
Robin Lehner 28 Saves Philipp Grubauer 27
Team Stats Summary
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Chicago 32 5 0-3 3-3 11 28
Colorado 31 3 0-3 3-3 11 22
Upcoming Games
  • Colorado will play their next game on the road against Vegas. The Avalanche have a W/L % of .636 after a win and .571 after a loss.
  • Chicago will play their next game at home against New Jersey. The Blackhawks have a W/L % of .429 after a win and .391 after a loss.