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 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.
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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.
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Chicago got goals from Dominik Kubalik and Connor Murphy.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.