The Chicago Blackhawks' remarkable 24-game run without a regulation loss, the best start to a season in NHL history, came to a screeching halt Friday night at the Pepsi Center, as did their franchise-record 11-game winning streak.
The Colorado Avalanche, who had one win in their previous seven games, stunned the Blackhawks with five consecutive goals -- four in the second period -- on the way to a 6-2 victory before a raucous sellout crowd of 18,007 (many clad in red Blackhawks jerseys) -- that chanted "End the streak!" in the final minutes.
The Blackhawks went 21-0-3 during the streak. Only the 1977-78 Montreal Canadiens (28 games) and the 1979-80 Philadelphia Flyers (35 games) played more consecutive games in one season without a regulation loss.
"I talked to them after the game that they should be very proud of what they accomplished," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. "They found different ways to win, night in and night out, and everyone contributed to something that hadn't been done. It's a great feather in our cap, but let's move forward here and try to get better. Certainly it was a lot of fun up to today.