Blackhawks lose 2-0 to Avalanche

Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) controls the puck in the first period against the Avalanche.
Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) controls the puck in the first period against the Avalanche. Photo credit Ron Chenoy/USA Today Sports

DENVER (AP) — Nazem Kadri and Mikko Rantanen scored, Pavel Francouz made 23 saves for his third career shutout and the Colorado Avalanche beat the Chicago Blackhawks, 2-0, on Monday night to extend their franchise-record home winning streak to 16 games.

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It was the seventh straight victory overall for the Avalanche, who tied the 1976 Boston Bruins for the fifth-longest home winning streak in NHL history.

After a scoreless first, Colorado broke through on a second-period power play.

With defenseman Seth Jones in the penalty box for interference, the Avalanche got off several shots in quick succession that Chicago goalie Marc-Andre Fleury stopped before Kadri gathered in a short pass from Nathan MacKinnon and unleashed a slap shot from the top of the left circle. Fleury dropped to his knees to block it, but the puck trickled through at 11:24.

Rantanen added to the Avalanche lead at 6:41 of the third. Gabriel Landeskog sent a pass across the slot and, with a backhand flip, Rantanen lifted the puck over a fallen Fleury.

An empty-net goal by Colorado in the final moments was waved off for offside.

NOTES: Blackhawks G Kevin Lankinen was placed on injured reserve with a hand injury sustained in Saturday’s overtime loss against Minnesota. G Arvid Soderblom was recalled from Rockford of the AHL to fill the roster spot … MacKinnon’s assist on Kadri’s goal was the 384th of his career, tying him with Anton Stastny for sixth on the franchise list … The Avs improved to 3-0 against the Blackhawks this season. They'll face each other one more time Friday in Chicago.

Blackhawks: visit the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday.
Avalanche: host the Boston Bruins on Wednesday to close out a three-game homestand.

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