CHICAGO -- If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. And that's exactly what Daniel Carcillo did in leading the Chicago Blackhawks to a 3-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche in front of 21,531 at United Center on Wednesday night.
After two attempts at scoring in front of the Avalanche net by Viktor Stalberg, the third time was the charm for Carcillo, who grabbed the rebound off Stalberg's second shot and then almost effortlessly slipped the puck past Colorado goalie Semyon Varlamov for the game-winner.
It was Carcillo's first goal of the season and couldn't have come at a better time, with just 50 seconds left in the game.
Chicago continued its unbeaten string in regulation play, improving to 21-0-3, tops in the NHL, with a league-best 45 points. The Blackhawks have reached the halfway point of the lockout-shortened 48-game schedule without a loss in regulation.
Chicago is second in NHL history for the longest point streak, at 30 games. The league record is 35 (Philadelphia Flyers, 1979-80). The Hawks are the only team in NHL annals to have their regular-season point streak extend over two seasons; this one dates to the latter stages of the 2011-12 season.
After Chicago took a 1-0 lead midway through the first period, Colorado's scrappy play allowed it to score two straight goals. Matt Duchene's eighth goal of the season, at 13:17 of the second period, gave the Avalanche a 2-1 lead.
But as they've done time and time again, the Blackhawks didn't stay behind for very long. Jonathan Toews came in on Varlamov, faked right, deked left and snuck it past for the 2-2 game-tying tally at 2:19 of the third period. It was Toews' team-leading 10th goal of the season.
While the Avalanche (8-10-4) came out feisty and tried to push their weight around, Chicago continued to do what it has done in this magical season thus far -- namely, bide their time for an opportunity.
This time, it was with the power-play advantage as Andrew Shaw tipped in a shot from Brandon Seabrook at 9:51 of the first period. It was Shaw's sixth goal of the season, giving the Hawks a 1-0 lead.
Ray Emery started in goal for Chicago, coming into the game with a 9-0-0 record. He was flawless until 18:20 of the first period, when Colorado center John Mitchell snuck a shot by to tie the game at 1-1. Chicago led the period in shots on goal, 12-8.
NOTES: Blackhawks right winger Marian Hossa, who was honored prior to Tuesday's game against Minnesota for playing in his 1,000th NHL game, did not dress for Wednesday's game. The team said Hossa has an upper-body injury, although at least one report indicated he's suffering from the flu. ... The Blackhawks assigned forward Brandon Bollig to their Rockford (Ill.) AHL affiliate. Bollig, 26, had appeared in 11 games this season. He had amassed zero points but 40 penalty minutes. ... Wednesday's game marked the first meeting this season between the Blackhawks and Avalanche, and the only scheduled regular-season contest in Chicago. The teams have a return engagement Friday in Denver. The Blackhawks return home to face Edmonton on Sunday before starting a four-game road trip. With Friday's return game in Colorado, the Avs begin a series that will see them play seven of their next nine games at home. ... Chicago extended its record sellout mark to 202 consecutive home games Wednesday. ... Colorado came into the game leading the all-time series 52-49-9-4.