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DENVER, CO – FEBRUARY 2: Goaltender Calvin Pickard #31 of the Colorado Avalanche talks with Goaltender Scott Darling #33 of the Chicago Blackhawks prior to the game at the Pepsi Center on February 2, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Michael Martin/NHLI via Getty Images)
DENVER, Colo. — Corey Crawford stopped 22 shots, Richard Panik and Artemi Panarin scored and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Colorado Avalanche 2-1 on Tuesday night without captain Jonathan Toews.
NHL-scoring leader Patrick Kane added an assist with Toews suspended a game by the league for pulling out of All-Star weekend. Toews cited an illness.
Gabriel Landeskog scored the only goal for Colorado, which was missing starting goalie Semyon Varlamov. He wrapped up a civil lawsuit filed against him by a former girlfriend, with jury ruling in his favor late Tuesday and awarding Varlamov approximately $126,000 in damages.
Calvin Pickard gave up two early goals before settling into a rhythm. He stopped 40 shots.