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Avalanche wins big, sweeps Blackhawks in Mikko Rantanen’s return

Two fine Finns were in full force Saturday, with countrymen Joonas Donskoi and Mikko Rantanen combining for three goals and eight points as the Avalanche completed a consecutive-night, home-and-home sweep over the Chicago Blackhawks.

Rantanen was a major factor in his first game back from a 16-game injury absence. He had a goal and three assists halfway through the game at the Pepsi Center as Colorado scored seven consecutive goals to take a commanding six-goal lead.

The Avs (16-8-2) skated off 7-3 winners, pinning the Blackhawks (10-11-5) with their fifth loss in six games.