The best start in NHL history is over. The Chicago Blackhawks finally left the ice without a point.
The Blackhawks were defeated, 6-2, by struggling Colorado on Friday night in Denver. It was their first loss in regulation and ended a remarkable run in which they earned at least one point in their first 24 games, an NHL record.
Matt Duchene had a goal and three assists and Ryan O’Reilly got his first goal since his contract dispute was resolved more than a week ago. O’Reilly assisted on another goal in a four-goal onslaught in the second period for the Avalanche, who had lost six of their past seven games.
Chicago hadn’t lost in regulation since a 6-1 rout by Nashville on March 25, 2012, and their last loss in regulation on the road came more than a year ago, with a 5-1 defeat at St. Louis on March 6, 2012.
Dating back to last year’s regular season, the streak was 30 games.
Chicago’s overall points streak was the second longest in NHL history, trailing only the 1979-80 Philadelphia Flyers’ 35-game unbeaten streak.
Senators 3, Rangers 2 — Jakob Silfverberg broke a tie with 4:41 left, and visiting Ottawa snapped a four-game losing streak.
Zack Smith and Patrick Wiercioch scored in the first period, Sergei Gonchar had two assists, and Robin Lehner made 33 saves for the Senators.
Rick Nash and Brad Richards, in his first game back following a two-game injury absence, scored in the opening period, but the Rangers had their four-game winning streak snapped.
Predators 6, Oilers 0 — Colin Wilson had a career-high two goals and two assists as host Nashville snapped a three-game skid.
The Predators won for the first time since Feb. 25, when they beat Dallas in overtime. Shea Weber added three assists and Pekka Rinne made 24 saves for his fourth shutout this season.
Jets 3, Panthers 2 — Dustin Byfuglien scored with 40.5 seconds left in overtime as visiting Winnipeg won for the fifth time in seven games.
Byfuglien brought the puck across to the right circle and his wrist shot whistled past Jacob Markstrom.
Ducks 4, Flames 0 — Ryan Getzlaf, who earlier on Friday signed an 8-year deal with Anaheim, had a goal and an assist in the host’s rout of Calgary.
Bobby Ryan also added a goal and an assist and Viktor Fasth made 29 saves to improve to 10-1-1 for the Ducks.