It was Patrick Sharp's birthday on Friday, and he celebrated by notching a hat trick plus an assist in Chicago's 7-2 win over the Avalanche.
Coming off the league-wide three-day Christmas break, Colorado looked like a team that was still on vacation as they were constantly out-skated and out-played by the Blackhawks.
First-year Avalanche coach Patrick Roy said prior to the game that he expected the Blackhawks to win the division by a good margin. But Colorado had a strong start to the season and can still be expected to be in playoff position in the spring - so long as they don't play too many games as bad as last night's.
Monday night, the Blackhawks had one of those games where they looked like they were playing an AHL team. However, their opponents were the New Jersey Devils, who have struggled most of the season.
After having a rough start to the season, the Devils have only 37 points (15-16-7) after losing to the Blackhawks. In the Eastern Conference, they have barely enough points to keep them bouncing in and out of the third spot in the Metropolitan division, which has turned into the NHL's worst division this season. Heading into the game versus Chicago, they sat in third in their division; after the night's games, they had fallen back to 10th in the East.
The Blackhawks (14-3-4) kick off their annual two-week "circus trip" today as they head out on a road trip that will take them to all four Canadian Western conference teams. They will also visit Colorado, Phoenix, and Dallas instead of their usual Thanksgiving weekend swing through California.
First up on the trip is Tuesday night's match at the Colorado Avalanche. The Avs held one of the top spots in the West for most of the early season, but have since lost their past three games and are now 14-5-0 with 28 points, which puts them 4th in the Central, and 2nd in the Western wild card race.
Matt Duchene was injured in Saturday night's game vs Florida, and...
It is the battle of the basement dwellers tonight at the Dome with the 14th place Flames playing host to the 15th place Colorado Avalanche. The Flames enter tonight’s game coming off a 2-0 loss to the Blackhawks last night in Chicago. The Avalanche on the other hand, come into Calgary on two days’ rest, not having played since Sunday when they went down to defeat to the Vancouver Canucks, 3-2.
The league-leading Chicago Blackhawks (23-2-3) continue their four game road trip in Colorado tonight where they will be seeking revenge against the Avalanche team (10-13-4) that ended their historic consecutive games with a point streak just ten days earlier.
The Blackhawks surrendered their first regulation loss of the season at Colorado’s Pepsi Center on March 8th and fell to the visiting Edmonton Oilers just two days later for their second regulation loss. However, the scheduling gods saw fit to give Chicago three days of rest following that Edmonton tilt and the league’s best team did not put them to waste.
Everything comes to an end sometime. For the Chicago Blackhawks, Friday in Colorado is when their incredible point streak in regulation games came to an end. The Blackhawks are human after all.
Whether it was the six games in nine nights grind or the altitude of Denver that contributed to the Hawks loss we are not sure. It also may have just been the law of averages; the opposition targeting them every game or just exhaustion from rewriting history.This is the Blackhawks first loss this season which brings their record now to 21-1-3 at just past the mid way point.
The Colorado Avalanche came in determined to end Chicago’s streak and they did. Col...
CHI v COL - Post Game Recap3/6/13 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, a...
The Flames head into Colorado tonight to face an Avalanche team that has seen five of their seven wins come on home ice at the Pepsi Center (5-2-1). This will be the second meeting between the clubs this season, with the Aves beating the Flames 6-3 on January 31st at the Dome. It was the Aves third straight victory over the Flames as they will look to make it four tonight.