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Central race update: Down to the final day

April, 13, 2014
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Here's a look at where the Chicago Blackhawks, Colorado Avalanche and St. Louis Blues stand in the Central Division race. The Blackhawks' first-round opponent will be determined Sunday. They will play the second-place team from the Central; if the Avalanche and Blues end the season tied in points, Colorado owns the tiebreaker and Chicago would meet the Blues.

1. Avalanche

Record: 52-22-7
Points: 111
Regulation and OT wins (tiebreaker): 47
Games remaining: 1 (one away)
Last game: The Avalanche lost 5-1 to the San Jose Sharks on Friday. It was the Avalanche’s first regulation loss since March 21.
Last 10 games: 8-1-1
Next game: at Anaheim Ducks (52-20-8) on Sunday.
Outlook: The Avalanche failed to clinch the Central Division on Friday. They’ll have another shot Sunday. They own the tiebreaker with the Blues, so they just need to at least match the Blues' result Sunday.

2. Blues

Record: 52-22-7
Points: 111
Regulation and OT wins (tiebreaker): 43
Games remaining: 1 (one home)
Last game: The Blues dropped their fifth consecutive game with a 3-0 loss to the Dallas Stars on Friday. The Blues have been outscored 19-5 in the last five games.
Last 10 games: 4-6-0
Next game: vs. Detroit Red Wings (38-28-15) on Sunday.
Outlook: The Blues’ skid continued Friday. Their five-game losing streak is their longest of the season. They have scored a total of 10 goals in their last eight games.

3. Blackhawks

Record: 46-21-15
Points: 107
Regulation and OT wins: 40
Games remaining: None
Last game: The Blackhawks had nothing to gain Saturday in regard to the postseason, but they played the Nashville Predators very close, losing the battle after a flurry of late scoring by both squads.
Last 10 games: 5-5-0
Next game: The regular season is over for Chicago.
Outlook: The Blackhawks won’t know whether they’re playing the Avalanche or Blues in the first round of the playoffs until Sunday.

Central Division race update: March 25

March, 25, 2014
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Here's a look at where the Chicago Blackhawks, Colorado Avalanche and St. Louis Blues stand in the Central Division race as of Tuesday morning:

1. Blues

Record: 48-16-7
Points: 103
Regulation wins (tiebreaker): 40
Games remaining: 11 (seven home, four away)
Last game: The Blues snapped a two-game losing streak and edged the Pittsburgh Penguins 1-0 on Sunday. David Backes provided the game's lone goal in the third period.
Next three games: At Toronto Maple Leafs (36-29-8) on Tuesday, vs. Minnesota Wild (37-24-11) on Thursday, vs. Dallas Stars (34-26-11) on Saturday.
Outlook: The Blues take a six-point lead into their final 11 games. They have a better than 50 percent chance to win the division if they reach at least 116 points, according to sportsclubstats.com.

2. Blackhawks

Record: 41-16-15
Points: 97
Regulation wins: 36
Games remaining: 10 (four home, six away)
Last game: The Blackhawks had their two-game winning streak snapped in a 2-0 loss to the Nashville Predators on Sunday. The Blackhawks are 1-3-0 against the Predators this season.
Next three games: vs. Stars (34-26-11) on Tuesday, at Bruins (49-17-6) on Thursday, at Ottawa Senators (29-29-13).
Outlook: The Blackhawks have just four home games remaining. If they're going to make a run at the Blues, they're going to have to win on the road. They have one of the league's best road records at 18-9-8.

3. Avalanche

Points: 94
Record: 44-21-6
Regulation wins: 41
Games remaining: 11 (four home, seven away)
Last game: The Avalanche lost to the Bruins 2-0 on Friday. The Avalanche have picked up one point in their last three games.
Next three games: At Predators (31-31-10) on Tuesday, vs. Vancouver Canucks (33-30-10) on Thursday, at San Jose Sharks (46-18-9) on Saturday.
Outlook: The Avalanche have even more away games than the Blackhawks down the stretch. They're 21-10-3 on the road this season.

Central race update: March 23

March, 23, 2014
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Here's a look at where the Chicago Blackhawks, Colorado Avalanche and St. Louis Blues stand in the Central division race on Sunday:

First place: Blues
Record: 48-16-7
Points: 103
Regulation wins (tiebreaker): 40
Games remaining: 11 (seven home, four away)
Last game: The Blues ended a two-game losing streak and edged the Pittsburgh Penguins 1-0 on Sunday. David Backes provided the game's lone goal in the third period.
Next three games: At Toronto Maple Leafs (36-28-8) on Tuesday, vs. Minnesota Wild (36-24-11) on Thursday, vs. Dallas Stars (33-26-11) on Saturday.

Second place: Blackhawks
Record: 41-15-15
Points: 97
Regulations wins: 36
Games remaining: 11 (five home, six away)
Last game: The Blackhawks won their second consecutive game with a 3-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday. Jonathan Toews scored a shorthanded goal to provide the difference.
Next three games: Vs. Nashville Predators (30-31-10) on Sunday, vs. Stars (33-26-11) on Tuesday, at Bruins (49-17-5) on Thursday.

Third place: Avalanche
Points: 94
Record: 44-21-6
Regulation wins: 41
Games remaining: 11 (four home, seven away)
Last game: The Avalanche lost to the Bruins 2-0 on Friday. The Avalanche have picked up one point in their last three games.
Next three games: At Predators (30-31-10) on Tuesday, vs. Vancouver Canucks (32-30-10) on Thursday, at San Jose Sharks (46-18-8) on Saturday.

Rapid Reaction: Blackhawks 4, Red Wings 1

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CHICAGO -- Here’s a quick look at the Chicago Blackhawks’ 4-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings at the United Center on Sunday.

How it happened: Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa played in his first game after missing five with an injury, and made an immediate impact. Hossa had a goal and two assists in the win. He put the game away by scoring off the rush at 6:33 of the third period to put Chicago ahead 3-1 and then set up Jonathan Toews for the final goal later in the period. Blackhawks defenseman Nick Leddy broke a scoreless tie when he scored with a slap shot on the power play at 8:44 of the second period. The Red Wings evened the game on their own power-play goal by Gustav Nyquist at 15:10. The Blackhawks went back ahead when Ben Smith cleaned up a rebound with 13.7 seconds remaining in the second period. Chicago goaltender Corey Crawford made 19 saves and Detroit's Jimmy Howard had 26 saves.

What it means: The Blackhawks snapped a two-game losing streak. They improved to 39-15-14 with 92 points and remained in third place in the Central. The Colorado Avalanche defeated the Ottawa Senators 3-1 on Sunday and held onto second place in the division. The Avalanche are 44-19-5 with 93 points. The Blackhawks, who lead the league in goals-for average, scored more than two goals for just the third time in the past 10 games. Chicago snapped a 0-for-11 power-play streak over the past four games with its goal in the second period.

Player of the game: Hossa’s return keyed the win. The Blackhawks were 2-3 in his recent absence.

Stat of the game: The Blackhawks led the Red Wings 25-12 in shots on goal through two periods.

What’s next: The Blackhawks hit the road to play the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday. Chicago will return home to face the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday.

Rapid Reaction: Avalanche 3, Blackhawks 2

March, 12, 2014
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DENVER, Colo. -- Here’s a quick look at how the Chicago Blackhawks lost to the Colorado Avalanche 3-2 at the Pepsi Center on Wednesday.

How it happened: Hoping to stay in the No. 2 position in the Central Division, the Blackhawks were again unable to beat Semyon Varlamov and the Avalanche. Another stout performance from the Russian goalie was just enough to beat rookie Hawks goalie Antti Raanta, who played for the first time since Jan. 28. Only Patrick Kane and Brandon Saad got to Varlamov on this night, but it wasn’t enough. First, Kane scored another one of his straight-to-YouTube goals, this one midway through the second period to cut the deficit to 2-1. And later, Saad scored off a rebound with just more than two minutes left in the game to cut the lead to 3-2. The Avs, however, held on. Brad Malone, who was recalled from the AHL for Wednesday’s game, led it off for Colorado when he barreled down the left boards and put a near parallel goal on net with 1:36 left in the first period. And early in the second, Matt Duchene took another piece of Raanta’s confidence when he found the net from the right side of the circle to give the Avs the 2-0 lead. Down two players, Raanta gave up the dagger midway through the third period, when Ryan O'Reilly beat him on the power play to put the Avs ahead in commanding fashion at 3-1.

What it means: As far the short-term outlook, Hawks coach Joel Quenneville’s decision to start Raanta looks questionable. Hoping to give the Hawks a spark against the Avs, as well as rest Corey Crawford, Raanta looked uneasy early and never completely settled in, giving up three goals on 29 shots. But the real disappointment may have been the leading scoring team in the NHL; the Hawks again could not find the winning recipe to beat the Avs’ starting goalie. If the two squads should meet in the postseason, the Avs should have some confidence against the defending champs, winning four of their five meetings in the regular season.

Player of the game: Varlamov made 37 saves, giving him 168 saves on 175 shots against the Blackhawks this season. He has won all four of his starts against Chicago.

Stat of the game: The Blackhawks went 0-for-3 in power plays. There were a lot of chances, but every time they came up with nothing.

What’s next: After splitting the first two games of the season, the Hawks play the Nashville Predators on Friday in Chicago during the first of three remaining matchups.

Varlamov, Avalanche stand in Hawks' way

March, 12, 2014
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The Chicago Blackhawks lit up Colorado Avalanche goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere for seven goals on 24 shots through two periods when the teams met in Chicago on Dec. 27.

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Semyon Varlamov took over for Giguere in the third period, and the goals ceased. He saved all 13 shots the Blackhawks tried to put past him in the final period.

That's the sort of effect Varlamov has had whenever he's taken the net against the Blackhawks this season. He has been among the league's top goaltenders against all opponents this season, but he's been extra special against Chicago.

Varlamov has stopped 131 of 136 shots for a .963 save percentage and won all three of his starts against the Blackhawks this season.

On Wednesday, Varlamov will get one more regular-season chance to thwart the Blackhawks and their league-best offense. If the Avalanche win, they will move ahead of the Blackhawks and into second place in the Central.

"We're happy to have a chance to play for second place [Wednesday]," Avalanche coach Patrick Roy said Tuesday. "We don't know what's going to transpire by the end of the season. But just to be in that position having home-ice advantage, it means a lot to our team. At the same time, we know Chicago is a very good team. We know that they're a good challenge for our team."

The Blackhawks see their challenge as trying to find ways to get pucks by Varlamov. He made 36 saves on 38 shots against them in a 4-2 win on March 4. He made a season-high 46 saves on 48 shots in a 3-2 overtime win on Jan. 14. He had 36 saves on 37 shots in a 5-1 win on Nov. 19. He also had the backup effort on Dec. 27.

"He's a great goalie," Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw said Tuesday. "He always stands on his head in those big games. We've just got to get traffic and get pucks to the net. They're not all going to be pretty, but we've got to find a way to put an ugly one in."

Shaw accounted for one of the five Blackhawks goals against Varlamov when he scored on a rebound on Jan. 14. The other Blackhawks goal that game came when Johnny Oduya redirected a Brandon Saad shot in front of the net.

Saad believes the key Wednesday will be capitalizing on those sort of chances again around the net.

"He's done a great job against us, but I don't think we worry about it too much," Saad said. "We've faced some good goaltenders. Getting inside, getting to the net [is important]. We're getting shots, but they may not be the best quality shots. I think bearing down and getting to the net and getting rebounds is why we'll have success."

Whichever team finds success Wednesday could end up benefiting greatly down the road. The Blackhawks, Avalanche and St. Louis Blues are jockeying for spots atop the Central. After 65 games, the Blues lead the way with 95 points and a 44-14-7 record and are followed by the Blackhawks with 90 points and a 38-13-14 record and the Avalanche with 89 points and a 42-14-5 record.

The Blackhawks and Avalanche don't meet again after Wednesday. The Blackhawks and Blues play twice more, and the Blues and Avalanche face each other once more.

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville knows the importance of Wednesday's matchup.

"I just think we've got to prioritize every shift and take nothing for granted against that team because they're going to be excited," Quenneville said. "It's our last four-point game against them. At the end, it could have a lot to do with sorting out who's going to finish ahead of who."

Raanta to start vs. Avalanche

March, 11, 2014
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CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Antti Raanta will start against the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday and play in his first game since Jan. 28, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said Tuesday.

“Well, we haven’t played him in a while, and he beat these guys,” Quenneville said after practice Tuesday. “That’s part of it.”

Raanta is 12-2-3 with a 2.40 goals-against average and .904 save percentage in 19 games this season. He stopped 16-of-18 shots in a 7-2 win against the Avalanche on Dec. 27.

Raanta has a 2.75 goals-against average and .864 save percentage in his last four games. He was pulled in the second period after giving up four goals on 15 shots in his last start Jan. 28.

Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford has started the team’s last 10 games. He is 25-11-10 with a 2.27 goals-against average and .918 save percentage this season.

Hawks can't finish against Avs -- again

March, 4, 2014
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CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks arguably outplayed the Colorado Avalanche the past two times the teams have met.

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AP Photo/Charles Rex ArbogastChicago defenseman Brent Seabrook acknowledged after the game that the Blackhawks had their chances but failed to capitalize.
The Blackhawks outshot the Avalanche 48-26 in their matchup on Jan. 14. Chicago dominated possession again on Tuesday and outshot the Avalanche 38-21. The opportunities to load up on goals were certainly there for the Blackhawks on both occasions.

But both times, the result was the same. The Blackhawks weren’t able to capitalize on their many chances and squandered key points in what is becoming a tighter Central Division race. After falling 3-2 in overtime on Jan. 14, the Blackhawks lost 4-2 to the Avalanche on Tuesday.

Giving the Avalanche four points in those games could come back to haunt the Blackhawks. The Avalanche moved within a point of the Blackhawks for second place in the Central on Tuesday and have played one less game than Chicago. The St. Louis Blues also built a two-point lead on the Blackhawks with another win on Tuesday.

“We lost a lot of ground tonight, the four-point swing,” Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. “Now we’re behind [the Blues], now Colorado is one behind. A lot of things can change. We’d love to move ahead. We’d love to finish first in our division. Let’s know we got to be better and more consistent in stretches in games. For the most part, we did the right things tonight. We should have taken advantage of it.”

The Blackhawks acknowledged Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov once again played a major role in Colorado's win, but they also felt they left some opportunities on the table, especially scoring just once and totaling four shots on goal on four power plays.

“We had some chances,” Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook said. “We couldn’t bury them. They buried their chances.”

As many shots as the Blackhawks couldn't put away on Varlamov, Quenneville was even more disappointed with his team’s defense on the Avalanche’s first three goals. The third line's defense led to the first goal. Duncan Keith missed on an attempted steal in the neutral zone, leading to the the second goal. And the penalty kill wasn’t able to rotate quick enough on the third goal.

“I thought we outchanced them, outplayed,” Quenneville said. “I didn’t like any of the goals that went in tonight.”

The division wasn’t won or lost on Tuesday, but the Blackhawks realized time was running out. They have 19 games, including one more against the Avalanche and two more against the Blues, to finish out the regular season.

“They’re good teams and so are we,” Seabrook said. “We just got to find a way to get some victories against them. I think we play them a couple more times each. We’ll be ready.

“[The end of the season has] come up quick. We got to turn this around quick and get back to playing our hockey and our style of game.”

Rapid Reaction: Avalanche 4, Hawks 2

March, 4, 2014
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CHICAGO -- Here’s quick look at the Colorado Avalanche’s 4-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center on Tuesday.

How it happened: The Avalanche pulled ahead of the Blackhawks three different times on the night, and the final advantage stuck for them. Tyson Barrie provided the game winner with a power-play goal to break a 2-2 tie at 12:50 of the third period. The Avalanche added an empty-net goal in the final minute to secure the win. The Blackhawks had evened the game 2-2 earlier in the period on a power-play goal by Jonathan Toews. Ryan O’Reilly scored his 24th goal of the season to put the Avalanche ahead 2-1 at 1:24 of the third period. Maxime Talbot also scored for the Avalanche, and Ben Smith had a goal for the Blackhawks. Colorado goaltender Semyon Varlamov made 36 saves, and Chicago goaltender Corey Crawford made 18 saves.

What it means: The Avalanche picked up two vital points in what has become a three-team Central race between the Blackhawks, Avalanche and St. Louis Blues. The Avalanche moved to within a point of the Blackhawks for second place in the Central. The Avalanche are 40-17-5 with 85 points. The Blackhawks are 36-12-14 with 86 points. The Blues were leading the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2 in the third period at the conclusion of the Blackhawks-Avalanche game. The Blues lead the division with a 40-14-6 record and 86 points.

Player of the game: Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson had three assists, including two primary ones, in the win. He had a plus-2 rating for the game.

Stat of the game: The Blackhawks had nine players with three shots or more shots on goal.

What’s next: The Blackhawks remain at home and host the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday.

Rapid Reaction: Avalanche 5, Hawks 1

November, 19, 2013
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DENVER -- Here’s a quick look at the Colorado Avalanche’s 5-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks at the Pepsi Center on Tuesday night.

How it happened: It happened quickly. Goaltender Corey Crawford was pulled with 6:37 left in the first period after the Avalanche raced to 3-0 lead. This was Crawford’s first start in Mile High City since his shaky performance last season helped the Avalanche end the Blackhawks’ consecutive point streak at 30 games. It started to go badly again Tuesday after a funny bounce off the backboards, when Avs forward Paul Stastny corralled the puck and ripped a goal past Crawford six minutes in. Later in the period, Avs captain Gabriel Landeskog and forward John Mitchell scored back-to-back goals in 56 seconds on the shaken Crawford to make way for the Hawks’ first glimpse of rookie netminder Antti Raanta, who made 13 saves on 15 shots in relief. The Blackhawks, meanwhile, flipped in their only goal when Brandon Saad scored on a backhanded attempt late in the third period off of Avs goalie Semyon Varlamov, who was marvelous in a 36-save performance.

What it means: The Blackhawks began their seven-game road trip on the wrong foot and lost big despite outshooting the Avalanche nearly 2-to-1 for most of the game. Crawford, meanwhile, couldn’t build off his masterful 23-save performance in a 5-1 win over the San Jose Sharks on Sunday, and 24-year-old Raanta got his first NHL experience after he was called up from the Rockford IceHogs on Sunday.

Player of the game: Varlamov was in top form. The Avs netminder made one acrobatic stop after another on his way to 36 saves. Saad ended the potential shutout on the Hawks’ 35th shot of the game.

Stat of the game: The Hawks outshot the Avs 37-23 in the loss.

What’s next: After two lopsided losses in three games, the Hawks continue their road trip and travel to Winnipeg to face the Jets on Thursday. The Hawks beat Winnipeg 5-1 at the United Center earlier this month.

Joel Quenneville, Patrick Roy meet again

November, 19, 2013
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DENVER, Colo. -- Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville thought back for a moment to his Stanley Cup days as an assistant coach of the Colorado Avalanche, and remembered the Hall of Fame goalie who stopped more than enough pucks to take them there -- Patrick Roy. He always grins when he thinks about those times.

And why not? It happened to be the start of coach Quenneville's champion pedigree.

Tuesday, with seven Stanley Cup rings between them, Quenneville and Roy will trade glances on either side of the glass partition as opposing coaches for two of the top teams in the Western Conference as the surging Hawks (14-3-4) begin a seven-game road trip at the Pepsi Center against a surprisingly strong Avs team (14-5) that was near the bottom of the league last season.

Quenneville, when asked, said he’s excited to face one of the best hockey minds he ever coached.

"He's the one player as a coach you always knew that he had a different level of how he saw the game and viewed the game," said Quenneville, who was an assistant coach when the Avs won their first Stanley Cup in the 1995-96 season. "(He is) probably the top of the level of all the players I've been around, and he'd be on top of that list."

"Putting it all together as a coach, he brings a lot of different elements to what coaching is all about. He's a competitive guy. He understands the game, understands people and understands what it takes to win. So he's got the ingredients that you look for. It'll be fun out there."

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Blackhawks face challenge at altitude

March, 7, 2013
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The Chicago Blackhawks will have to overcome past struggles in Colorado if their record streak is to continue to 25 games on Friday.

The Blackhawks have had fits against the Avalanche on the road ever since Colorado came into the league in 1995. The Blackhawks are 9-18-4 with a .355 points percentage at Colorado since the 1995-96 season, according to Elias. The Blackhawks are 4-4-2 there the past five seasons.

The Blackhawks' road points percentage against the Avalanche is their fifth worst since the 1995-96 season, according to Elias. The Blackhawks are also 1-10-0 (.091) at the Philadelphia Flyers, 1-7-2 (.200) at the Carolina Hurricanes, 8-21-3 (.297) at the Anaheim Ducks and 2-6-3 (.318) at the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith said after Wednesday's 3-2 home win over the Avalanche he expected Friday's game in Colorado to be another difficult one.

"I think they got a good team," Keith said. "I think they skate well. They're probably one of the quickest teams we've played all year. You got to give them credit, too. They did some things (Wednesday) to put pressure on us. It's going to be tough going into their building."

The Blackhawks extended their NHL-record points streak to start a season to 24 games with Wednesday's win. The Blackhawks are 21-0-3 with an NHL-best 45 points on the season. They also have an overall points streak of 30 regular-season games, which dates back to last season. They trail the 1979-80 Philadelphia Flyers' 35-game streak.

Rapid Reaction: Hawks 3, Avalanche 2

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CHICAGO -- Here's a quick look at the Chicago Blackhawks' 3-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche at the United Center on Wednesday.

How it happened: The Blackhawks extended their points streak to 24 games, and forward Daniel Carcillo scored with 49.3 seconds left in the third period to lift them to the win. Jonathan Toews also scored a short-handed goal in the period to rally the Blackhawks back from a 2-1 deficit. The Blackhawks won despite missing three key players to injury. Forward Marian Hossa was a late scratch to the game, center Andrew Shaw didn't return after the second period and forward Patrick Sharp left the game in the third period. Blackhawks goaltender Ray Emery improved to 10-0-0. Shaw scored a power-play goal in the first period.

Player of the game: Carcillo scored his biggest goal as a Blackhawk. The last-minute, tiebreaking goal was his first of the season and third in the 37 games he's played since coming to the team last season.

What it means: The Blackhawks extended their NHL-record points streak to start a season to 24 games, the halfway point of the lockout-shortened season. They also have an overall points streak of 30 regular-season games, which dates back to last season. They trail the 1979-80 Philadelphia Flyers' 35-game streak. The Flyers were 25-0-10 during their streak. The Blackhawks are now 21-0-3 with an NHL-best 45 points on the season.

What's next: The Blackhawks play the Avalanche again on Friday in Denver.

Hawks to start Emery in goal again

February, 6, 2012
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CHICAGO -- Mired in a season-high five-game losing streak, the Chicago Blackhawks will start Ray Emery in goal Tuesday against the Colorado Avalanche, his second straight start in place of Corey Crawford.

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1st-period wrap: Avalanche 1, Hawks 0

January, 6, 2012
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CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks trailed the Colorado Avalanche 1-0 after the first period at the United Center on Friday.

The Hawks started out with a good pace to the game but Semyon Varlamov made some early saves while the Hawks missed on some close-in chances. The tide turned some midway through the period, and the Hawks were caught chasing the puck in their own zone.

On one sequence, it got worked to the point where Erik Johnson fired it on net and David Jones was standing in the slot for a tip-in goal. During that span when Colorado had the momentum, the Hawks went seven minutes without a shot on goal.

Andrew Shaw, in his second career game, is playing center between Patrick Sharp and Patrick Kane while Michael Frolik skated with Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Patrick Sharp
PTS GOALS AST +/-
78 34 44 13
OTHER LEADERS
GoalsP. Sharp 34
AssistsD. Keith 55
+/-M. Hossa 28
GAAC. Crawford 2.26