DENVER -- A quick look at the Chicago Blackhawks’ disappointing 7-5 loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Monday at the Pepsi Center.
How it happened: Corey Crawford nearly came to the rescue after Marty Turco was pulled 48 seconds into the second period, but Crawford and the Hawks could not hold onto a 5-4 lead late in the game. Colorado scored twice in the span of a minute with less than three minutes to go. Crawford made no less than six big saves among his 17 in nearly two periods of play, but he couldn’t finish the deal. Turco, meanwhile, was hung out to dry on several of the four goals he gave up on 10 shots, but he didn’t bail anyone out with big saves. Luckily, Craig Anderson was equally bad, as the Avalanche gave up four one-goal leads in the game. The Hawks played a sloppy game and paid for it.
What it means: A devastating loss on top of a terrible effort by Turco. He’s going to have to earn his playing time, but he probably won’t get much of a chance. Despite the two late goals, Crawford played well. Turnovers by Jake Dowell and Brent Seabrook put Turco in the spotlight to make some big stops but he was unable to.
What’s next: The Hawks immediately fly home after the game and will take Tuesday off before completing the home-and-home set with the Avalanche on Wednesday.