Avalanche 5, Blackhawks 1

Michael Kelly, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

DENVER -- Goaltender Semyon Varlamov made 36 saves, center Paul Stastny scored a goal and an assist and the Colorado Avalanche beat the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks 5-1 on Tuesday night.
Remarkably, it was the first time Chicago has been held to less than two goals this season. Last year, Colorado ended the Blackhawks' NHL record streak of 24 consecutive games with a point.
Center John Mitchell, left wingers Gabriel Landeskog and Cody McLeod and right wing P.A. Parenteau also scored for Colorado.
Left winger Brandon Saad scored with 7:50 left to prevent a shutout. Goaltender Antti Raanta had 14 saves in relief of Corey Crawford, who made just four saves on seven shots before being pulled.
The Blackhawks came into Tuesday having won eight of their last 10 and earned at least a point in nine of those games.
Colorado, on the other hand, was reeling after losing three in a row following a hot start to its season.
The Avalanche had several good chances early and took advantage of a miscue on the first goal when Chicago defenseman Brent Seabrook's pass off the backboards came out to Stastny in the slot. Stastny then blasted it past Crawford 6:37 into the game.
Landeskog made it 2-0 when he tipped defenseman Andre Benoit's shot from the point, and Mitchell scored 56 seconds later to make it 3-0.
Raanta then came on for Crawford.
Parenteau made it 4-0 when he scored on an odd-man rush with 1:22 left in the second period. Just 1:44 into the third McLeod got his first goal of the year on a rebound to make it 5-0.
NOTES: Chicago LW Bryan Bickell left after crashing into the Avalanche net in the first period. He didn't return in the second. ... Colorado played its first game without star C Matt Duchene. Duchene is out at least a week after suffering an oblique injury in Saturday's loss to Florida. Rookie C Nathan MacKinnon moved up to the top line with LW Gabriel Landeskog and RW Ryan O'Reilly. ... Blackhawks F Marian Hossa missed his third game with a lower-body injury. ... The Avalanche recalled D Tyson Barrie and C Brad Malone from Lake Erie of the AHL and placed D Ryan Wilson (back) and F Alex Tanguay (knee) on injured reserve, retroactive to Nov. 6 and Nov. 2, respectively. ... Chicago RW Patrick Kane entered Tuesday with a seven-game point streak (4-6).