Hawks overwhelmed by Avalanche in return to the United Center

After a dominant win against the Penguins at Soldier Field on Saturday, the Hawks would drop their third game this season to the Colorado Avalanche in a 4-2 home loss at the United Center.  Semyon Varlamov was stellar in net, stopping 36 shots for the Avs, while Corey Crawford would take the loss for the Hawks.


Maxime Talbot would get the Avalanche on the board first on Colorado’s 5th shot of the game off of a sneaky redirect near the left faceoff dot.


The Hawks would successfully kill off two penalties, but couldn’t solve Varlamov until late in the second, when Ben Smith would get a wrister past the Russian netminder with 3:08 remaining in the second to tie the game.


That score wouldn’t last long as Ryan O’Reilly put the Avs back in front on a wide open shot early in the third that got past Crawford after a misread defensive play by Duncan Keith.


Despite struggling on the power play all night, the Hawks would finish off a gorgeous play on their fourth power play of the game with Nathan MacKinnon in the box for tripping.   Jonathan Toews would bury a beautiful feed across the goalmouth from Patrick Sharp to tie the game back up at two at 7:17 into the third.


The Avalanche would go on a power play of their own just five minutes later after interference by Johnny Oduya and make the Hawks pay as Tyler Barrie scored his ninth goal of the season to give Colorado their third goal of the night.


Gabriel Landeskog would hit the goalpost with just under 3:30 remaining in the third on a partial breakaway, but the Avs kept pressing and put the game away on an empty-net goal by Paul Stastny with 33 seconds remaining in the third.


Stars of the Game:

1. Semyon Varlamov: 36 SVs, .947 SV%,

2. Erik Johnson: 3 A, 2 SOG, 2 PIM, 22:43 TOI

3. Jonathan Toews: 1 G, 3 SOG, 21:13 TOI


Quick Hits:

In trade news, the Hawks acquired defensemen David Rundblad and Mathieu Brisebois from Phoenix for a second-round draft pick in the upcoming draft. 


The Hawks recently hosted members of the Wounded Warriors before the Stadium Series, many whom have skated with the team before. Thanks to the combined efforts of the Hawks trainers and players, 64 athletes would receive new uniforms and equipments.


After losing his new Stadium Series mask, Corey Crawford was robbed again when his  white pads were stolen as well.  With equipment disappearing left and right, Crawford was forced to wear his black Stadium Series pads with his usual white helmet.


- MacKinnon, an 18-year old rookie, is on fire as his assist on the empty-net goal tonight game him 12 consecutive games with at least one point.


The Hawks will face the Blue Jackets on Thursday night at the United Center.  Game action starts at 7 p.m. CT.


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