Makar lifts Avalanche past Blackhawks in OT


CHICAGO — Cale Makar scored at 2:38 of overtime to give the Colorado Avalanche a 4-3 win against the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center on Tuesday.

Makar spun away from Kirby Dach along the left wall before deking from forehand to backhand and shooting just under the crossbar.

Erik Johnson scored two goals, Nazem Kadri had two assists, and Darcy Kuemper made 28 saves for Colorado (19-8-2), which is 8-1-1 in its past 10 games.

Alex DeBrincat scored twice, and Patrick Kane had two assists for Chicago (11-17-5), which is 0-2-3 in its past five games. Marc-Andre Fleury made 29 saves in his first start since Dec. 17.

Johnson gave the Avalanche a 1-0 lead at 7:43 of the first period, taking a pass from Kadri near the right point and scoring on a wrist shot through a screen.

Alex Newhook made it 2-0 at 13:54 when he skated in from the left circle and beat Fleury glove side with a backhand.

Jonathan Toews got the Blackhawks to within 2-1 at 4:47 of the second period. He outmuscled Samuel Girard for a loose puck in the crease after Kuemper sprawled to try and make a save on MacKenzie Entwistle.

Colorado got into penalty trouble early in the third period. Nathan MacKinnon was called for interference at 34 seconds, and Tyson Jost was penalized for delay of game at 1:30.

DeBrincat then tied it 2-2 at 2:18 on the ensuing 5-on-3 power play, beating Kuemper with a one-timer off a diagonal seam pass from Kane.

DeBrincat then gave Chiago a 3-2 lead with his second power-play goal in 40 seconds, again taking a pass from Kane and scoring blocker side from near the right hash marks.

Johnson tied it 3-3 at 11:44 when his shot from along the right boards deflected in off the stick of Blackhawks defenseman Jake McCabe.

Toews had a chance to win it as time expired, but his shot glove side on a 2-on-1 was saved by Kuemper with 0.1 seconds left.

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