3 takeaways from the Chicago Blackhawks' surprising upset of the Colorado Avalanche

The top line and Petr Mrazek were amazing, and the power play came through.
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Injuries have depleted an already thin roster to the point where winning is nearly impossible for the Chicago Blackhawks.

The Blackhawks found a way to make the impossible, possible on Tuesday night at the United Center.

The Hawks topped the Central division-leading Colorado Avalanche by a goal. Yes, you read that right, the worst team in the NHL, let alone in the division, picked up two points in the standings over a Stanley Cup contender. Colorado is now tied for first for the division lead with Dallas.

The Blackhawks were without four of their top defensemen and still managed to hold one of the best-scoring attacks to two goals. Seth Jones and Jared Tinordi are on IR. Kevin Korchinski just returned to the team after missing time due to the passing of his father, and Alex Vlasic is day-to-day with an injury. Forwards Andreas Athanasiou and Joey Anderson are also on IR while Taylor Hall has been lost for the season. It did not help that top-line forward Philipp Kurashev was a last-minute scratch due to an illness.

Hey, Colin Blackwell finally returned to the ice after being out since last February.

Despite skating without several of their key players, the Chicago Blackhawks found a way to beat a team with three players that were coming in hot. Although, the Avalanche came into the game not playing their best hockey. They were 4-4-2 over their last 10 games before this contest. Although, they were 3-1 over the past four. Those three wins came over teams similar to the Hawks in the standings and the Avs destroyed those three teams. The gritty Hawks did not suffer the same fate.