MacKinnon nets a big victory in a game of goodies by goalies
AVALANCHE 2, BLACKHAWKS 1 (OT)
chicago» Holiday handshakes among coaches and players were exchanged Friday night inside the visiting locker room at the United Center, after the worst team in the NHL upset one of the best in another strange twist for first-year Avalanche coach Jared Bednar.
In its last game before the league’s three-day Christmas break, Colorado snapped an eight-period scoreless streak and a five-game losing streak in beating the Chicago Blackhawks 2-1 in overtime. Mikko Rantanen tied it 1-1 early in the third period and Nathan MacKinnon scored 25 seconds into OT to propel the Avs into the break on a good note.
Defenseman Tyson Barrie assisted on both Avalanche goals, and MacKinnon — who won it with a bar-down wrist shot from the right circle — assisted on Rantanen’s goal for a two-point night.
“That was a great effort,” Bednar said after the Avs improved to 12-20-1 (25 points). “That was a great team effort from every guy. To a man, I thought we played the way we need to play.”
The victory came 24 hours after getting blasted 6-0 by Toronto at the Pepsi Center, and the Avs
Nathan MacKinnon fires the shot that scored the winning goal for the Avalanche, which beat the Blackhawks 2-1 in overtime at the United Center in Chicago on Friday night. Jonathan Daniel, Getty Images