DENVER (AP) — Bowen Byram scored his first NHL aim and added an help to steer the short-handed Colorado Avalanche to a 4-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks within the season opener for each groups Wednesday night time.
Nazem Kadri and Gabriel Landeskog every had a aim and an help for Colorado, which performed with out star middle Nathan MacKinnon and head coach Jared Bednar. Both are within the COVID-19 protocol and away from the workforce.
Assistant coaches Ray Bennett and Nolan Pratt led the workforce in opposition to Chicago.
Darcy Kuemper stopped 32 pictures in his Avalanche debut, and Jack Johnson added a aim.
Kuemper, acquired from Arizona within the offseason, wasn’t examined early, however made two huge saves on Kirby Dach within the second interval. Dach had a breakaway at 12:02, however Kuemper closed the pads on his shot. Minutes later, he had one other wide-open likelihood from the left circle that Kuemper stopped.
Soon after, Byram fed Kadri for a aim and a 4-1 lead.
Colorado bought a measure of revenge on Chicago goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, who helped Vegas beat the Avalanche within the second spherical of the 2020-21 playoffs. Fleury confronted a barrage of pictures early when Colorado had 17 of the first 19 pictures on aim.
Johnson, who made the workforce on an expert tryout contract, opened the scoring at 4:26 of the first interval. Landeskog’s deflection 1:22 later made it 2-0, and Byram scored at 9:34 to place the Avalanche forward by three.
The Blackhawks bought on the board late within the first interval when ahead Dominik Kubalik scored on the ability play at 16:47, slicing Colorado’s result in 3-1.
Connor Murphy scored an unassisted aim at 15:13 of the third interval. Chicago went on the ability play at 16:26 and pulled Fleury for a 6-on-4 benefit, however couldn’t rating.
The Avalanche are hopeful MacKinnon and Bednar can return for Saturday night time’s sport. Both are asymptomatic and will “test out,” based on normal supervisor Joe Sakic.
NOTES: Forward Jayson Megna was recalled from the AHL to fill MacKinnon’s spot. He centered the fourth line. … Chicago C Jonathan Toews performed his first sport since earlier than the pandemic. He opted out of final season after being recognized with of persistent immune response syndrome. … Colorado is 17-6-3 in dwelling openers since shifting to Denver in 1995.
Blackhawks: At the New Jersey Devils on Friday night time.
Avalanche: Host the St. Louis Blues on Saturday night time.
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