DENVER – The best start in NHL history is over. The Chicago Blawkhawks finally left the ice without a point.
The Blackhawks were stunned 6-2 by the struggling Colorado Avalanche on Friday night. 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 scored four points 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 that turned a 1-all tie into a laugher.
The Blackhawks (21-1-3) 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. The 1979-80 Philadelphia Flyers set the league record with a staggering 35-game unbeaten streak that included 25 wins and 10 ties – all in the same season.
Duchene, John Mitchell and Jamie McGinn also put pucks past Corey Crawford in the second period for the Avalanche, who had lost six of their previous seven, including a 3-2 heartbreaker at Chicago 48 hours earlier.
Crawford (11-1-3) allowed five goals on 19 shots before being replaced in net by Ray Emery to start the third period.
JETS 3, PANTHERS 2, OT: In Sunrise, Fla., Dustin Byfuglien scored with 40.5 seconds left in overtime to lift Winnipeg.
Byfuglien brought the puck across to the right circle and his wrist shot whistled past Jacob Markstrom.
Blake Wheeler and Andrew Ladd also scored for Winnipeg. Ladd also had an assist and has three goals and four assists in the last five games for the Jets.
Ondrej Pavelec made 38 saves.
SENATORS 3, RANGERS 2: In New York, Jakob Silfverberg broke a tie with 4:41 left as Ottawa snapped a four-game losing streak.
Silfverberg got a rebound of defenseman Eric Gryba’s shot and put it past Henrik Lundqvist for his fourth goal of the season.
Ottawa broke an 0-2-2 skid and won on the road for only the fourth time (4-7-2).
PREDATORS 6, OILERS 0: In Nashville, Tenn., Colin Wilson had a career-high two goals and two assists as Nashville snapped a three-game skid.
Patric Hornqvist, David Legwand, Rich Clune and Zach Boychuk also had a goal apiece as the Predators won for the first time since Feb. 25.
Pekka Rinne made 24 saves for his fourth shutout this season.