MacKin­non nets a big vic­tory in a game of good­ies by goalies

AVALANCHE 2, BLACK­HAWKS 1 (OT)

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Mike Cham­bers

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

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