It was an exciting night for the Chicago Blackhawks as they swept the Colorado Avalanche 3-1 on Saturday night in the first of two games at Target Center.
The win gives the Hawks their second straight victory in five games, and they’ll be looking to extend their winning streak to eight games.
The Blackhawks have also won three straight in this series, a run that includes a 7-2 win last season in which they won five straight games in the series.
The Blackhawks had to work a bit to get things going as they struggled to create any offense, but they were able to control the game.
The goal was a highlight of the night, as Patrick Kane scored off a rebound of a shot by Zach Parise to tie the game at 2-2 with less than three minutes remaining.
Parise was able to beat Andersen on a one-timer, but Andersen was able out-muscle the rookie forward and get the puck past goalie Ben Bishop.
After a quick period of back-and-forth play, it was just the second time in five meetings between the two teams that the teams scored in the final seconds of the third period.
Both teams have scored four or more goals in five of their last six meetings, and the Blackhawks have won five of those contests.
Parse has a .936 save percentage in the last five games against the Avalanche, but he allowed three goals on 27 shots.
He did not allow a goal in a 2-1 win in Colorado on March 14.
Niklas Hjalmarsson scored twice for the Blackhawks, who are in the midst of their best stretch of the season.
He had two assists in the win.
The Avs are looking to end their longest losing streak in franchise history, which they haven’t had since March 24, 2013.
They have lost three straight and nine of their past 10 games.
Hjalma has two goals and four assists in his last three games against Colorado.
The Swede had two goals in a 3-2 loss on March 9.