The Avalanche are ready for Round 2.
Like every team the Blackhawks have faced this year, the Avalanche came into Wednesday's matchup with the hope of becoming the team to end Chicago's point streak. Despite holding a lead the majority of the contest, the Blackhawks rallied back late in the third period to earn a 3-2 victory.
"They keep finding ways to win. It's pretty remarkable," Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog said. "They have a lot of skill up front and a solid back-end. So it's tough to play against them."
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The players in Chicago's visiting locker room have all appeared frustrated and quiet a majority of this season. Tonight was no different, but with a quick turnaround between these two teams the Avalanche realize they have no time to dwell on the past as they prepare to face the Blackhawks again on Friday.
Landeskog is already focused on seeing a different outcome on his home ice.
"We're fortunate we get a second whack at it," he said. "So we might as well do it this time."
So what is it that stopped the Avalanche from maintaining their lead and coming out on top? Forward Matt Duchene said the Blackhawks' mentality is what's making them unstoppable.
"They have a good feeling right now," Duchene said. "They never believe they're going to lose. When you don't believe you're gonna lose, you usually win. They've got that right now. Even when we're up a goal, they come back and win."
The Blackhawks aren't disagreeing with him.
"What we've been through lately really gives us that confidence that we can go into the third period, down a goal, and we have a great feeling that somehow, someway, we're going to find a way," Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews said. "Whether you get the bounces or not, at least we're going to put a lot of pressure on them and make them make mistakes. That's what we did."