MacKinnon's four points help Avalanche defeat Blackhawks

Ross Houston
December 3, 2019

Mikko Rantanen returned to the lineup for Avalanche on Saturday and played an integral role in his dominant 7-3 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks.

MacKinnon had a goal and three assists Friday in the Avalanche's 5-2 win in Chicago.

Power-play opportunities_Colorado 1 of 3; Chicago 0 of 1. On Saturday he scored his first four-point game since December 11, 2018.

Missing the last 16 games after suffering a lower-body injury on October 21 against the Blues, the 23-year-old winger put together a four-point effort in the landslide win - and he only played two periods. "We just need to weather the storm until we are healthy". Prior to Friday, Chicago had allowed just 15 first period goals in their past 24 games. "I feel good and the team is playing good". He had a objective and three assists midway by the sport on the Pepsi Middle as Colorado scored seven consecutive targets to take a commanding six-goal lead.

He sat out the third period Saturday for what is believed to be precautionary reasons.

"He's fine", avatar coach Jared Bednar said. "He tweaked his leg a little bit a couple of times and started to get a little exhausted so I didn't see a reason to bring him out for the third in a 7-2 game".

Patrick Kane scored his 14th goal late in the third to extend his points streak to 15 games, the longest of the season in the National Hockey League.

Kadri tied it on a power play when Rantanen fed him in front, as he put it past Lehner on the far side at 7:53.

The Blackhawks fell behind quickly Friday but struck first in the rematch when Brandon Saad scored a short-handed goal at 1:37 of the first period.

"I felt good going out there and they score three pretty good ones real quick", Lehner said.

Chicago had at the end of the first game the chance to be back with 58 seconds 5 against 3, but could not beat Philipp Grubauer (26 parades). Ian Cole passed to Ryan Graves, who left the penalty box after the Avalanche killed his double-minor for high sticking.

"He's a big part of our team", Colliton said of Keith after the game. "And they've come up with some players who really can jump into the game and make your life hard". Defenseman Erik Johnson missed his third recreation and ahead Andre Burakovsky missed his second consecutive. "Obviously a huge game against St. Louis coming up at home, Stanley Cup champs coming into our building, so I got to be better for us".

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