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Avalanche’s Gabriel Landeskog faces criticism for picking up Blackhawks player


Colorado Avalanche winger Gabriel Landeskog came under fire on Wednesday for his hit over Chicago Blackhawks center Kirby Dach.

Landeskog’s hit came in the third period as Colorado led 4-2. Dach attempted to gain control of the puck in the neutral zone and knelt down when Landeskog gave him a hit. Landeskog was called to embark on the play and received criticism on Twitter.

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Colorado Avalanche left winger Gabriel Landeskog, top, holds Chicago Blackhawks left winger Dominik Kubalik and is called up for a penalty kick in the second period of an NHL hockey game on Wednesday the 13th. October 2021 in Denver.
(AP Photo / David Zalubowski)

Colorado won the game, 4-2. Landeskog scored his first goal of the season in the first period. Three of the team’s four goals were in the first period.

The Avalanche was deprived of center Nathan MacKinnon and coach Jared Bednar. The two were in COVID-19 protocol and away from the club. Colorado assistants Ray Bennett and Nolan Pratt led the team against the Blackhawks.

Avalanche’s Gabriel Landeskog faces criticism for picking up Blackhawks player

Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Marc-André Fleury, left, stops Colorado Avalanche left winger Gabriel Landeskog from a stick in the first period of an NHL hockey game on Wednesday, October 13 2021, in Denver.
(AP Photo / David Zalubowski)

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“We were able to stay in touch with Jared, and he did some video work. It’s just a matter of taking responsibility for Jared and sharing it between Nolan and me,” Bennett said.

MacKinnon and Bednar could return as early as Saturday, general manager Joe Sakic said.

Colorado goaltender Darcy Kuemper saved 32 shots on his team debut.

Avalanche’s Gabriel Landeskog faces criticism for picking up Blackhawks player

Colorado Avalanche left winger Gabriel Landeskog (92) prepares to shoot on goal in the second period against the Chicago Blackhawks on October 13, 2021 at Ball Arena in Denver.
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Chicago got goals from Dominik Kubalik and Connor Murphy.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.