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Avs raise banner, beat Blackhawks 5-2 to start title defense

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Posted at 10:48 PM, Oct 12, 2022
and last updated 2022-10-13 00:48:48-04

DENVER (AP) — Artturi Lehkonen and Valeri Nichushkin each scored two power-play goals, Mikko Rantanen had four assists and the fast-skating Colorado Avalanche began their Stanley Cup title defense with a 5-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks.

Shortly after raising their newest banner to the rafters, the Avalanche went to work.

Andrew Cogliano scored Colorado's first goal of the season, the only goal in the game that wasn't on the power play.

Nathan MacKinnon, fresh off a new lucrative contract, contributed two assists, while new goaltender Alexandar Georgiev stopped 15 shots.

Jonathan Toews and Max Domi had goals as Luke Richardson made his coaching debut for the Blackhawks.