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Blackhawks’ historic streak ends Friday against Avalanche

Mar 8, 2013, 11:34 PM EDT

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Nothing lasts forever.

Friday, the Chicago Blackhawks historic streak without a regulation loss to begin the 2013 season came to an end at 24 games. Their franchise-best 11-game winning streak also concluded.

The Colorado Avalanche upset Chicago’s remarkable run with a 6-2 victory.

Jonathan Toews opened the scoring, giving Chicago a 1-0 lead less than six minutes into the first period.

But it was all Colorado after that.

Paul Stastny evened the score at 1-1 late in the first period. The second period was all Colorado.

The Avalanche scored four times in less than 10 minutes into the middle frame, putting the Blackhawks streak in jeopardy.

The two teams traded goals in the third period.

It is Chicago’s first regulation loss since March 25 of 2012 – almost an entire calendar year, although the offseason and a lockout also contributed to the span between losses.

Since last March, the Blackhawks had gone 30 games without a regulation loss. That streak is the second longest in National Hockey League history.

The 1979-80 Philadelphia Flyers still hold that record, at 35 games.

Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren, who played on that record-setting Philadelphia team, had high praise for the Blackhawks.

“It’s probably a more difficult task now because of the parity in the League,” Holmgren recently told

“There were teams [in 1979-80] that weren’t great. The parity in the League today makes it very difficult to do what they’re doing and makes it more incredible than anything.

“It’s a different era. I think what they’ve done … it’s a more difficult thing to do today.”

Chicago’s streak had recently drawn a debate about which team was on a more impressive run – the Blackhawks, who at the time had 23 straight games without a regulation loss this season, or the Miami Heat’s then 15-game winning streak.

Just an FYI: the Heat won Friday, making it 17 straight victories for them.

  1. ethanmacleod1685 - Mar 8, 2013 at 11:35 PM

    Unlucky, good while it lasted

    • polegojim - Mar 8, 2013 at 11:37 PM

      Unlucky??? Maybe I don’t get your drift…. but that was pure effort by the Avs… luck had nothing to do with it.

  2. polegojim - Mar 8, 2013 at 11:36 PM

    Amazing game by the Avs… Duchene ruled and the Avs played to their potential. Now… KEEP IT UP.

    Great streak and Congrats to the Hawks.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Mar 9, 2013 at 12:07 AM

      Alt. headline: Slumping Blackhawks winless in 2nd half of season!

      Oh lighten up Hawks fans, you’re still ahead of everyone by a mile.

    • namriverrat69 - Mar 9, 2013 at 2:47 AM

      And a standing ovation goes to the Blackhawks for their accomplishment. My hat is off to them. I hope they aren’t blinded by the glare of the bright lights off my bald dome.

  3. thehighcountrybear - Mar 8, 2013 at 11:42 PM

    Congratulations Hawks! Without a doubt a famous run worthy of a great franchise, great city and great fans. A tip of the old trilby to you all…

    • hockeywithdrawal - Mar 9, 2013 at 12:28 AM

      Well said – can’t imagine who would/why anyone would give that the thumbs down. I am looking foward to seeing how deep they can go in the playoffs – but this was impressive as hell.

  4. jmo711 - Mar 8, 2013 at 11:48 PM

    Go hawks. The streak is over!! It was a great run. Great job boys!! More to come.
    Just wasn’t our night.

  5. phillyphanatic77 - Mar 8, 2013 at 11:49 PM

    It had to end eventually. And the way the Avs played em the other night it’s not surprising they were the ones to end the streak. The Hawks shouldn’t be too disappointed, they’re still far and away the top team in the NHL. And this streak has pretty much guaranteed a high playoff seeding (if not the #1 seed). Congrats on a helluva run Chicago.

    Also, it’s nice to see the Avs getting into a rhythm offensively. They have a nice core group of young forwards.

  6. bensawesomeness - Mar 8, 2013 at 11:49 PM

    honestly, not to try to take away from the streak, but on the plus side, now the entire hockey community doesn’t have to listen to flyers fans and Blackhawk fsns fight over which streak is better or whatever.
    I was really dreading that

  7. jpat2424 - Mar 8, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    Get games avs. We got outplayed tonight. Hell of a streak boys. So proud of you boys. All good things come to an end. Loved in the first period when hawks fans were cheering “lets go hawks”. This is why are sport rules. There are many of you that I have had fights with. But god damn it hockey rules. And the true fans rule. And avs fans get your tee times ready. Lol. Hockey for life. Great game.

  8. ludacrish05 - Mar 8, 2013 at 11:51 PM

    I second that, congrats to you hawks, caps fan here and would have liked to see that streak keep going. Def brought more nhl fans to the tubes at their homes! Hockey live forever!

  9. sportsfreak13 - Mar 8, 2013 at 11:53 PM

    Congrats to the hawks. That sure was one fun ride. Thanks for giving hockey such a bright moment after dark time. Also congrats to the avs! If this young team doesn’t make the playoffs at least they played a game tonight that had playoff like atmosphere tonight. Not to mention their a part of history. Duchene is a great player and had fantastic game.

  10. modellforprez - Mar 8, 2013 at 11:55 PM

    Great job Hawkies. how is Mary Hosebag??

  11. jpat2424 - Mar 8, 2013 at 11:57 PM

    PS. My hawks fan wife enjoyed my post. Thx jmoe711. Go hawks.

  12. sabatimus - Mar 8, 2013 at 11:58 PM

    Now it will be up to the Hawks to rebound from their first loss–the reality of losing. It can be harder than one might think.

  13. in1chuck1we1trust - Mar 9, 2013 at 12:07 AM


  14. govtminion - Mar 9, 2013 at 12:19 AM

    Congrats on that streak, Hawks fans. There is no shame to losing to a team that played their ass off the way the Avs did tonight.

  15. r8rbhawk - Mar 9, 2013 at 12:51 AM

    Blackhawks just didn’t have it tonight. Varlamov played great. Kane forgot to apply any back pressure on the Avs second goal and Bolland was too worried about selling the high stick he failed to get into a good position defensively on the 3rd goal. Nobody responded after Q called the timeout, different than games past. Q should have pulled Crow after the 4th goal. Lots of mistakes, but Colorado won the game outright. They did all the little things right, outhustled, outmuscled, outworked Chicago. The Avs scored on the PP and were perfect on the PK, clearly a recipe for a win. Let’s see how the Hawks respond.

  16. jernster21 - Mar 9, 2013 at 2:40 AM

    After the last game against the Hawks I figured the Avs would be the team to end “the streak” – not in the fashion it did, however. Having Johnson back helped significantly…it’s interesting how the presence of a single person can have that sort of effect on a team (let’s not get into the 1st overall draft pick status, he is what he is, and for this team, he’s the #1 guy.) This may have been the funnest game I’ve been to at the Pepsi Center – it was a packed house, the Hawks fans were loud and the Avs fans were loud…amazing atmosphere, amazing game.

  17. hockeydon10 - Mar 9, 2013 at 7:22 AM


  18. 8man - Mar 9, 2013 at 8:12 AM

    In other news, Chicago has clinched at the least the 8 seed in the Western Conference. :)

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