Blackhawks Bring Down the Avalanche


CHI v COL - Post Game Recap
Chicago brings down the Avalanche 3-2 at home.
Chicago fans were a bit confused to hear Dan Carcillo announced as the starting right wing for the Blackhawks on Wednesday night's matchup against apparent rival the Colorado Avalanche, but his game winning goal with 49 seconds left in regulation and joyous celly made the UC crowd go crazy. 
The Chicago Blackhawks, now 21-0-3 have three, yes three, historic streaks following them through their unstoppable season. The Hawks are through 24 without a regulation loss for the longest opening streak in NHL history, they have a franchise record streak of 11 consecutive wins, and Ray Emery has become the first goalie in NHL history to start a season 10-0-0.  Impressive.  
Marian Hossa, who had been listed as a starter just prior to the puck drop was no where to be seen, but was soon revealed to be out with an "upper body injury", the plague of the Chicago Blackhawks.  
The Hossa-less Hawks took the first point of the game over the struggling Avalanche (8-9-4).  Andrew Shaw deflected a one timer from Brent Seabrook on a power play after a tiny scuffle by the Avalanche bench sent Colorado's Cody McLeod to the box for roughing. 
The Avalanche were quick to respond with a backhand equalizer goal, catching Emery down low, and ending the first 1-1.
The second period opened with the Hawks dominating puck possession, but Colorado was stepped it up and played like a team ready to prevent a 3 game skid and Matt Duchene made it 2-1 Avalanche to end the second. 
The captain brought things back to life for the Blackhawks, tying things up at 2-2 with a short-handed goal.  Patrick Sharp joined Andrew Shaw in the locker room before the end of the third leaving the Hawks with a few holes in their lines.  Dan Carcillo's last minute (literally) goal brought the UC to their feet one more time for the 3-2 victory.
The Avalanche will get their chance at a rematch this Friday when the Blackhawks visit them at home. 
Hossa and Shaw are expected to return to the ice, but Sharp may miss some time according to Coach Quenneville. 
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