Colin Wilson scored his first goal in more than a month, Philipp Grubauer stopped 29 shots and the playoff-chasing Colorado Avalanche earned their fourth straight win by holding off the Chicago Blackhawks 4-2 on Saturday.

J.T. Compher and Sven Andrighetto also scored. Derick Brassard added an empty-netter for an Avalanche team in the thick of the Western Conference wild-card hunt with seven games remaining. They entered the day a point behind Minnesota for the last spot, with the Wild playing later.

Colorado had an array of forwards step up with All-Star Mikko Rantanen missing the game with an upper-body injury. Wilson came through with his first goal since Feb. 7.

Colorado Avalanche goaltender Philipp Grubauer (31) blocks a shot against the Chicago Blackhawks during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, March 23, 2019 in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
Colorado Avalanche goaltender Philipp Grubauer (31) blocks a shot against the Chicago Blackhawks during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, March 23, 2019 in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

Grubauer kept up his torrid play by winning his fourth straight start. He’s allowed four goals over stretch.

Jonathan Toews and Erik Gustafsson had goals for Chicago, while Corey Crawford stopped 21 shots. The loss was a blow for the Blackhawks, who are making a late charge but are now six points behind Colorado.

The two teams face each other again Sunday as part of a back-to-back, home-and-home set.

Colorado Avalanche left wing J.T. Compher (37) celebrates a Colin Wilson goal against the Chicago Blackhawks during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, March 23, 2019 in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
Colorado Avalanche left wing J.T. Compher (37) celebrates a Colin Wilson goal against the Chicago Blackhawks during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, March 23, 2019 in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

Andrighetto’s tip-in goal 1:26 into the third period gave the Avalanche a 3-1 lead.

Gustafsson scored with 7:56 remaining on a shot from the blue line, but Brassard wrapped things up on an empty-net goal with 2:20 left.

There was a scary moment in the second period when defenseman Tyson Barrie was hit near the eye by the stick of David Kampf with Colorado on the power play. Barrie quickly skated toward the locker room holding his face.

Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) controls the puck against the Colorado Avalanche during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, March 23, 2019 in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) controls the puck against the Colorado Avalanche during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, March 23, 2019 in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

The Avalanche capitalized on the two-man advantage as Wilson made it 2-1 on a pass from Alexander Kerfoot, who finished with two assists. Moments later, Barrie returned with a bandage over his cut.

Colorado took the early lead in the second period after Compher tipped in a shot. It was the third goal this season against Chicago for the Northbrook, Illinois, native.

Soon after, the Blackhawks tied it up when defenseman Nikita Zadorov turned over the puck near the goal and Toews knocked it in.

Chicago Blackhawks right wing Dylan Sikura (95) moves the puck against Colorado Avalanche center Alexander Kerfoot (13) during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, March 23, 2019 in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
Chicago Blackhawks right wing Dylan Sikura (95) moves the puck against Colorado Avalanche center Alexander Kerfoot (13) during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, March 23, 2019 in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

The speed of both teams was on display in a scoreless first period that didn’t feature many stoppages. On one occasion, the two teams went about 4 minutes in between whistles.

NOTES: Blackhawks C Dylan Sikura had an assist. … Zadorov made a young fan’s day in pregame by giving her a hockey stick as she sat in the first row. … NHL referee Brad Watson officiated his 1,393rd and final regular-season game Saturday. The players skated over and congratulated him after the game. … Rantanen was hurt Thursday when he was hit into the boards in a win at Dallas. … Captain Gabriel Landeskog remains sidelined by an upper-body injury.

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Chicago Blackhawks right wing Dylan Sikura (95) slides on the ice to control the puck against Colorado Avalanche defenseman Nikita Zadorov (16) and Philipp Grubauer (31) during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, March 23, 2019 in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
Chicago Blackhawks right wing Dylan Sikura (95) slides on the ice to control the puck against Colorado Avalanche defenseman Nikita Zadorov (16) and Philipp Grubauer (31) during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, March 23, 2019 in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

Same two teams meet Sunday in Chicago.

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Referee Brad Watson (23) gets emotional during his last game as a referee during the first period of an NHL hockey game between the Colorado Avalanche and the Chicago Blackhawks, Saturday, March 23, 2019 in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
Referee Brad Watson (23) gets emotional during his last game as a referee during the first period of an NHL hockey game between the Colorado Avalanche and the Chicago Blackhawks, Saturday, March 23, 2019 in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

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