National Hockey League
Colorado 5, Chicago 2
When: 4:00 PM ET, Friday, November 29, 2019
Where: United Center, Chicago, Illinois
Referees: Brad Meier, Brian Pochmara
Linesmen: Scott Driscoll, Bryan Pancich
Attendance: 21822

Nathan MacKinnon had a goal and three assists, J.T. Compher scored a goal and added two assists, and the visiting Colorado Avalanche beat the Chicago Blackhawks 5-2 on Friday.

Cale Makar, Valeri Nichushkin and Ryan Graves also had goals and Pavel Francouz stopped 34 shots for the Avalanche, who have won two in a row.

Patrick Kane and Zack Smith scored and Corey Crawford had 18 saves for the Blackhawks.

The teams meet again Saturday night in Denver in the second game of a back-to-back set.

The Avalanche played without forward Andre Burakovsky, who suffered an upper-body injury in Wednesday's win over Edmonton. He did not make the trip with the team and is considered day-to-day.

MacKinnon got things started just 59 seconds in when he tipped a shot by Compher past Crawford for his team-leading 16th goal.

Graves made it 2-0 when he scored off of a rebound of a Matt Nieto shot at 3:17 of the first. It was his third of the season.

Smith scored on a one-timer in front of the net on a feed from Ryan Carpenter at 9:14 of the first period. It was Smith's first of the season.

Three minutes later, Makar scored on the power play, his eighth of the season, to give the Avalanche a 3-1 lead at the first intermission.

It stayed a two-goal game until midway through the second. Nichushkin picked up the puck off of a faceoff in the Colorado end, skated past Chicago defenseman Duncan Keith and beat Crawford with a backhander at 9:45. It was his second of the season.

Compher scored his third 1:41 later to give the Avalanche a 5-1 lead, but Chicago cut it to a three-goal deficit when Kane scored his 13th with 3.5 seconds left in the second period.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Colorado   Chicago
Nathan MacKinnon 4 Points Patrick Kane 1
Nathan MacKinnon 1 Goals Patrick Kane 1
Nathan MacKinnon 3 Assists Ryan Carpenter 1
Cale Makar 1 Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Pavel Francouz .944 Save Percentage Corey Crawford .783
Pavel Francouz 34 Saves Corey Crawford 18
Team Stats Summary
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Colorado 23 5 1-3 1-1 9 25
Chicago 36 2 0-1 2-3 13 34
Upcoming Games
  • Chicago will play their next game on the road against Colorado. The Blackhawks have a W/L % of .400 after a win and .400 after a loss.
  • Colorado will play their next game at home against Chicago. The Avalanche have a W/L % of .643 after a win and .545 after a loss.