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Lots of activity in Philadelphia as well

Colorado Avalanche v Chicago Blackhawks Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Victory in Chicago

After getting blown out in St. Louis on Monday night, the Colorado Avalanche got back in the win column against the Chicago Blackhawks last night. Ian Cole, Nathan MacKinnon, Andre Burakovsky, and Mikko Rantanen each scored, and five players recorded assists. Pavel Francouz saved 31 of the 32 shots he faced, including five on the powerplay.

Colorado will be home to host the Carolina Hurricanes tonight in Denver, before Chicago comes to town on Saturday.

Frankie’s Bobblehead

The Colorado Eagles will honored Francouz with a bobblehead on Tuesday when they hosted, and defeated the Manitoba Moose 7-3. Last season, he won 27 games in net for the Eagles and posted a .918 save percentage. He is the second player to receive a bobblehead this season as Martin Kaut was given out on Nov. 30. The Eagles described the process to immortalize Francouz on their website.

BIG Win for the Eagles

Colorado’s 10-4 win over the Manitoba Moose was one of three six-goal wins in the AHL last night. Defenseman Kevin Connauton was the surprise star of the game, scoring twice and adding two assists on seven shots. That’s a sixth of the team’s 42 total shots. The Eagles also got goals from Shane Bowers, Sheldon Dries, Igor Shyvrev, Jayson Megna, Erik Condra, and Colin Campbell, while Martin Kaut was second on the team with five shots on goal. Hunter Miska stopped 16 of 20 for the win.

#OksarStrong

The Philadelphia Flyers returned home for the first time since Oskar Lindblom revealed he is undergoing treatment for bone cancer. They essentially hosted a second Hockey Fights Cancer night as the rest of the team wore purple jerseys during warmups and every fan was given an “I fight for Oskar” sign. Philadelphia defeated the Anaheim Ducks 4-1 on Tuesday night.

More from Philly

During the same game on Tuesday night in Philadelphia, David Kase who plays for the Flyers, and his brother Ondrej Kase, who plays for the Ducks, faced off in front of their parents. Mom and Dad travelled from Sweden, and David scored his first NHL goal in the second period. Ondrej has three goals an 10 assists this season. It was David’s fourth career NHL game.