The Chicago Blackhawks‘ record streak to start an NHL season is still very much alive and well following a thrilling 3-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday evening at the United Center.
Chicago’s unbeaten run seemed to be in serious jeopardy, as Colorado took a 2-1 lead heading into the third period of play before the home side stormed back with two goals to clinch the come-from-behind win.
It seemed like it would be business as usual for the Blackhawks when Andrew Shaw opened up the scoring just before the midway point of the opening period, but Colorado equalized through John Mitchell at the 18:20 mark.
The visitors then stunned the United Center faithful when Matt Duchene scored the only goal of the second stanza to give the visitors a slim 2-1 lead heading into the final period.
The Blackhawks then flexed their muscles and showed just why they have picked up at least a point in every game this season. Chicago captain Jonathan Toews brought his team back on to level terms early in the third before Daniel Carcillo scored the game winner with 50 seconds remaining in regulation.
It was Carcillo’s first goal of the season and he hailed Chicago’s resiliency after the game, saying the team’s belief has seen them through some difficult situations this year.
Chicago’s point streak now stands at 24 games following the victory over Colorado and is the best start in NHL history, but the Blackhawks are still chasing the 1979-80 Philadelphia Flyers, who went 35 games without a loss.
Chicago (21-0-3) has won 11 games in a row and now sit a whopping 19 points ahead of the Detroit Red Wings in the Central Division.
The Chicago Blackhawks will look to continue their record run when they face off against Colorado once again on March 8, this time at the Pepsi Center in Denver.