Rapid Reaction: Avalanche 6, Hawks 2
March, 8, 2013
By Brent W. New
DENVER -- Here’s a quick look at the Chicago Blackhawks' 6-2 loss to the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center on Friday.
How it happened: The Blackhawks blinked and their streak was on ice. They blinked again, and it was over. Centers Matt Duchene and John Mitchell scored back-to-back goals in 33 seconds and the Avs buried four unanswered goals in the second period as the Hawks’ point streak ended at 24 games. Jonathan Toews got things started early after tightrope passing from Marian Hossa and Brandon Saad set him up to give the Hawks a 1-0 lead less than six minutes into the game. But the Avs responded, and then some, with a tying power-play goal in the first period from Paul Stastny, and four more in the second period. Bryan Bickell ended the rally with a one-timer in the third, before the Avs answered with a goal from P.A. Parenteau. Hawks starting goalie Corey Crawford was pulled in the second intermission after giving up five goals on 19 shots. Avs goalie Seymon Varlamov made 27 saves.
Player of the game: Duchene was responsible for the Avs’ first two goals. First, his laser was redirected to tie the game at 1-1. Then, he flipped in the go-ahead goal early in the second period. He had a goal and three assists on the night.
What it means: The Blackhawks couldn’t win forever, right? Their NHL-record point streak to start a season was finally halted at Game 25 of the lockout-shortened campaign. They also couldn’t eclipse the overall point streak record that the 1979-80 Philadelphia Flyers still hold at 35 games. The Hawks’ streak ended at 30.
What's next: The Blackhawks return home to face the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday.