Monday , October 18 2021

Collin Delia makes 35 saves as the Blackhawks hit Avalanche



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DENVER – Collin Delia's first game against Colorado was forgettable. He made his second against the memorable Avalanche.

Delia made 35 saves in her first start to the season in the NHL and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Avalanche 2-1 on Friday night for the third consecutive win.

Remembered on Monday from AHL's Rockford after Corey Crawford suffered a concussion, Delia, 24, started her third career. In his earlier start, he earned five goals at the end of last season in a loss to the Avalanche.

"Probably a little revenge," Delia said. "I did not have the best start last time, so I did everything in my power to prepare to be ready for this game."

Alex DeBrincat and Artem Anisimov scored for Chicago. The Blackhawks swept their two-night trip and two games.

"We do not seem to have much juice on our legs," Chicago coach Jeremy Colliton said. "It was a battle all night, it seemed like we were playing up but we believed our guys that they found a way to survive and we got some timely defenses. We have great goalkeepers tonight."

J.T. Compher scored for Colorado, and Philipp Grubauer stopped 26 shots.

Colin Wilson of Colorado left the game earlier when he fell on Andreas Martinsen and landed on his left shoulder. Wilson was helped and did not return because of an upper body injury.

Later in the first period, Blackhawks defender Samuel Girard hit the final boards after getting involved with Jonathan Toews. He skated on ice and headed for the locker room.

Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said Girard should be fine, but Wilson will lose some time.

"I'd say it's week-to-week, not day-to-day," Bednar said.

Grubauer made 35 saves against Montreal on Wednesday night and made some defenses in the second period to keep him tied. He stopped Anisimov at a great chance early in the period then stopped a close-up shot of Dylan Sikura after the disc bounced off the boards straight into the center.

The goalkeeper gave up a recovery early in the third quarter and Chicago capitalized. Grubauer made the first stop on Patrick Kane's kick, but took a swallow and Anisimov made the 1×19.

"It was one I would love to have back," Grubauer said. "A horrible goal cost us the game."

Delia made sure the lead had 11 defenses in the third quarter and received a little help from the posts. Colorado hit three in the game, including one by Compher in the third quarter.

"Obviously, you want to be a bit lucky, but you make your own luck," said Delia. "You fight, you work hard and you think you deserve those jumps. On the road, you're not going to ask why the record got off the grid, we're happy with the points."

Chicago struck first when Dominik Kahun left the area after serving a minor to many men and got the Connor Murphy record in the neutral zone. He slipped a pass to DeBrincat, whose shot came out of Grubauer's blocker and came in at 8:07 of the first. It was the 16th of the season.

The Avalanche drew when Alexander Kerfoot sent a backhand pass from the final boards to Compher dropping the net, and he passed Delia at 2:58 of the second.

Colorado came in third in the league in percentage power, but was 0-5.

"Death by penalty kick made the difference for us," Toews said.

GRADES: Colorado D Nikita Zadorov had a lower-body injury and will also miss Saturday night's game in Arizona. The Avalanche reminded Anton Lindholm of the Eagles Eagles of the AHL.

NEXT:

Blackhawks: Chicago: Florida host on Sunday.

Avalanche: In Arizona on Saturday night.

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