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Blackhawks score 4 goals in 3rd period to beat Avalanche

Colorado has squandered third-period leads in back-to-back games.
Credit: AP Photo/David Zalubowski
Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Dennis Gilbert, right, connects with a pujch to the face of Colorado Avalanche left wing Gabriel Landeskog during the second period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019, in Denver.

DENVER — Dominik Kubalik scored the go-ahead goal with 3:17 left and the Chicago Blackhawks rallied in the third period to beat the Colorado Avalanche 5-3.

Patrick Kane and Kirby Dach scored 28 seconds apart in Chicago's four-goal third, and Jonathan Toews had a goal and two assists to help the Blackhawks salvage the finale of their four-game season series with the Avalanche.

It was back-to-back games that Colorado squandered a third-period lead.

"It's a tough pill to swallow," goaltender Philipp Grubauer said after the loss. "We have a lot of work to do. This is unacceptable."

Kane and Kubalik also had assists for Chicago. Colorado outscored the Blackhawks 19-7 in the first three meetings but lost a late lead this time for the second straight game.

Matt Calvert had two goals and Ryan Graves added a goal and an assist for the Avalanche.

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