The Blackhawks fell into an avalanche in OT – Greeley Tribune

Chicago (AP) – Black Capricorn tried to narrow down their game-winning goal on Tuesday night, calling the sequence “a little bit lucky”.

Colorado teammate Eric Johnson offered a very different description.

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“Yeah, it was sick,” Johnson said.

Makar scored a slow 2:38 in overtime, giving the rising Avalanche a 4-3 win over the Chicago Blackhawks.

Makar skated in the left circle, drove away from Chicago center Kirby Dacht and then went over the net. The 23-year-old defenseman moved the puck from side to side before leveling his career when he beat Marc-Andre Fleury with a backhand for his 14th goal.

“Just a matter of moment. You really aren’t thinking too many steps,” said Makar.

Colorado forward Logan O’Connor and Chicago captain Jonathan Toes had a shot at a post in overtime before Capricorn’s game-winner.

Interim Blackhawks coach Derek King called Capricorn “you just tip your hat”. “The boy is an elite defender in this league. He is an elite defender. You go ahead.”

Johnson had two goals as Colorado won for the seventh time in eight games. Alex Newhook also scored and Darcy Kuemper made 28 saves.

Johnson and Makar made it an NHL-best 32 goals for the Avalanche defensemen. The team got 26 goals from the Blueliners in 56 matches last season.

“I think that’s part of the way we want to play,” said coach Jared Bedner. “It’s very hard to create offense with just one line. You end up playing three versus five a lot. You need your D to be a part of it.”

Chicago dropped its fifth game in a row. Alex Debrinkt scored two power-play goals on consecutive shots, and Toes scored in the second period. Fleury finished with 29 stops in his first start since 17 December after spending time on the COVID-19 protocol list.

“At least we got a point. We went toe-to-toe with one of the best teams in the league,” said defender Calvin de Haan. “I think it was a very good game for the Blackhawks.”

Led by Debrincat and Patrick Kane, the Blackhawks advanced into the third round with two goals in 40 seconds. First, Debrinkt converted a one-timer from Kane, and then got his 20th goal when he beat Kumper in 2:58 with another assist from Kane.

The avalanche tied it up again when Johnson’s side shot went off Jake McCabe’s stick and overtook Fleury at 11:44.

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“The second one, just tried to get it over the net,” Johnson said. “Luck was good.”

This was the first meeting between Central Division teams since Colorado’s 4–2 victory in the first game on October 13. The Avalanche leapfrogged the Blackhawks in the first game, taking a 3-0 lead in the first period at 9:34.

Colorado got off to another quick start this season in its first visit to Chicago. Johnson’s shot from near the blue line traveled through traffic before defeating Fleury on the side of the stick at 7:43, and Newhook made it 2–0 when he caught the backhand with 6:06 in the opening period. Changed.

The Avalanche nearly had another 3-0 lead, but Fleury smashed Tyson Jost with his left foot with 1:40.

Chicago responded with a better performance in second. Toes returned home to score his fourth goal at 4:47. Heinrich Borgström nearly leveled the game in the last minute, but Kuemper denied him.


Avalanche rescuer Jack Johnson walked away with a lower body injury. Bednar said Johnson would be reevaluated on Wednesday.


Colorado star Nathan McKinnon extended his point streak to 11 games with a goal from Capricorn. This is the longest active streak in the NHL.


The Blackhawks transferred Mackenzie Entwistle from the taxi squad to the active roster, and forward Josiah Slavin was reassigned to Rockford of the American Hockey League. Entwistle made an assist on Toes’ goal.


Avalanche: Host the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday nights.

Blackhawks: Thursday night at the Arizona Coyotes.

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