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Blackhawks 5, Avalanche 2

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DENVER -- Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews each had a goal and two assists, Ray Emery stopped 17 shots, and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Colorado Avalanche 5-2 on Monday night.

Brent Seabrook had a goal and an assist for Chicago, and the Blackhawks' Jimmy Hayes and Andrew Shaw also scored.

The Blackhawks got a little payback against the Avalanche, who stopped their streak of 24 games with at least a point to start the season. Colorado recorded a 6-2 win March 8. In that game, Chicago took an early 1-0 lead before the Avalanche take over.

Chicago (24-2-3) lost at home to Edmonton two nights later but has now won three straight.

Emery spelled Corey Crawford in the loss to Colorado, but Monday he was in from the opening faceoff. He benefited from two quick Chicago goals and won his 11th straight start to begin the season, extending his NHL-record run.

Semyon Varlamov had 27 saves, and Gabriel Landeskog and Milan Hejduk scored for the Avalanche, who have lost four straight.

The Avalanche (10-14-4) got off to another slow start. They've been outscored 32-19 in the first period this season, a trend that continued when Hayes and Shaw scored 57 seconds apart in the first 4:44.

Landeskog's short-handed goal with 34 seconds left in the first cut it to 2-1, but Kane and Seabrook scored in the second period to make it a three-goal lead.

Hejduk made it 4-2 with his fourth goal at 18:34 of the second, but the Avalanche didn't do much offensively after that. They were held without a shot for the first 15:30 of the third and finished with just four shots the period.

Toews added his 14th goal of the season late in the third.

Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa didn't return after logging 5:14 of ice time in seven shifts.

NOTES: Landeskog's first-period goal was Colorado's first short-handed tally of the season. Entering Monday, the Avalanche were one of five teams that didn't have a short-handed goal this season. ... Kane has points in four straight games. He has four goals and six assists in that span. ... Avalanche defenseman Ryan Wilson missed his second straight game with an ankle injury. Wilson missed 15 games Feb. 4-March 8 due to the injury before returning for three games. He aggravated the ankle Thursday at Minnesota. ... Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp missed his fifth straight game with an upper-body injury. He is expected to miss three to four weeks total. ... Hejduk returned to the lineup after being a scratch Saturday.
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