Avs bounce back with impressive home win over Blackhawks

 DENVER (AP) - Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen each had two goals and an assist as the Colorado Avalanche beat the Chicago Blackhawks 6-3 on Saturday night.

Jonathan Bernier had 39 saves and Sven Andrighetto and Rocco Grimaldi also scored for Colorado. The Avalanche rebounded from a 7-0 loss at Vegas the previous night to win for the second time in three games.
 
The Blackhawks have lost three in a row and are 1-4-1 in their last six games. They got goals from Ryan Hartman, Nick Schmaltz and Artem Anisimov, and Corey Crawford had seven saves in relief of Anton Forsberg.
 
Forsberg had 16 saves before being pulled after Colorado took a 5-0 lead on Andrighetto's goal at 6:44 of the second.
 
MacKinnon came into the game with one goal in the first 10 games but broke out against the reeling Blackhawks. His first goal of the night came on the power play and gave Colorado a 2-0 lead. His second one, 2:57 into the second period, was on an odd-man rush and a great pass from Gabriel Landeskog to make it 4-0.
 
He also played a big part in Rantanen's two goals. Rantanen's first one came on a pass by MacKinnon from behind the Chicago net that gave Colorado a 1-0 lead. His second one, with time running out in the first, came off a shot by MacKinnon that nearly went in.
 
Chicago woke up after Andrighetto's goal. Schmaltz and Anisimov scored later in the second as the Blackhawks swarmed the Avalanche. They outshot Colorado 13-7 in the second and had several chances to make it a two-goal game.
 
Bernier made a glove save on Ryan Hartman's breakaway at 6:51 of the third, and Grimaldi, recalled from the AHL on Friday, tipped in Erik Johnson's shot from the point at 8:45 for his first goal of the season.
 
Hartman made it 6-3 with his fourth goal at 15:05. Chicago pulled Crawford with 3:22 left.
 
NOTES: Avalanche D Erik Johnson briefly left the game after he took a stick in the mouth from Hartman. Hartman received a four-minute minor. ... Forsberg played for Avalanche coach Jared Bednar with Springfield of the American Hockey League in 2014-15 and won the Calder Cup with Bednar with Lake Erie in 2015-16. ... Avalanche D Nikita Zadorov was a healthy scratch for the second straight game.
 
UP NEXT
 
Blackhawks: Host the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday night.
 
Avalanche: Host the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday night.
 
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