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Behind the Numbers: Blackhawks stun Avalanche with third-period comeback win

/ by Charlie Roumeliotis
Presented By Blackhawks Insider
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The Blackhawks put together a furious third-period comeback in Colorado on Saturday, scoring four unanswered goals in a span of 7:59 to stun the Avalanche in the fourth and final meeting of the season between the two Central Division foes after the Avalanche won the first three matchups by a combined score of 16-6.

It's the third win in four games for the Blackhawks, who had only three victories in their previous 13 games (3-8-2). 

Here's a deeper look inside the numbers of the 5-3 comeback win and other notable stats from the game:

— The Blackhawks won for the first time this season when trailing after two periods; they were 0-14-0 in their previous 14 chances. They also handed the Avalanche their first regulation loss when leading through 40 minutes of play after having a 17-0-1 record going into Saturday's contest.

— The Blackhawks had a three percent chance of winning at the halfway mark of the third period, according to Money Puck. After scoring two goals in 28 seconds to tie it at 3-3 with 8:10 left in regulation, their chances skyrocketed to 49.1 percent.

— Patrick Kane scored for the sixth time in five games and became the 11th player in NHL history to begin his career with at least 13 consecutive 20-plus goal seasons. Marcel Dionne, Jaromir Jagr and Mats Sundin lead the way with 17. Alex Ovechkin is at 15 and counting. 

 

— Jonathan Toews has three three-point efforts in his last eight games and four multi-point outings in the month of December. He had three multi-point games in October and November combined.

— Kane and Toews scored a goal in the same game for the 99th time. The Blackhawks are 87-7-5 in those games, and an additional 6-0 in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, according to NBC Sports Chicago's Christopher Kamka.

— Dominik Kubalik became the third player on the Blackhawks to hit the double-digit mark in goals (10), joining Kane (20) and Brandon Saad (11). Only Buffalo's Victor Olofsson (16) has scored more goals than Kubalik (10) this season among NHL rookies, but Kubalik ranks No. 1 in even-strength tallies (eight).

— A weight has been lifted off the shoulders of Kirby Dach. He ended a 15-game point drought and 16-game goalless streak by scoring the game-tying goal in the third period. It was his first goal since Nov. 17.

— Connor Murphy has three goals this season. Two of them have been empty netters. The first one was from 180-feet out. And the second one from Saturday was from 175-feet out. 

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