When you manage to do what the Chicago Blackhawks have done this season, it takes a series of contributions from up and down the roster. Even as deep into the roster as Daniel Carcillo.
The Hawks won their 11th consecutive game, defeating the Colorado Avalanche. That win extended the franchise record for consecutive wins. The win over the Avalanche also gave the Blackhawks their 24th consecutive game with at least a point to start the season, extending that record. The win over the Avalanche also gave the Hawks their 30th consecutive game with a point, going back to last season, the second longest point streak of all time.
It’s simply absurd what the Blackhawks have done this season. It seems like every game comes with another milestone. This one featured Ray Emery winning his 10th game in a row to start the season. No goaltender has started a season 10-0-0. Until Wednesday night.
Emery still has yet to lose on United Center ice in his time with the Hawks, at least in regulation. That includes the 2011-2012 season.
Of course, all of this wouldn’t have been possible without Carcillo. That’s obviously hyperbole, but it was Carcillo who scored the game-winning goal with under a minute remaining in regulation to catapult the Hawks to yet another win. We say it often, but this is probably one that the Blackhawks would have lost last year, as they were outplayed for stretches and were without four key forwards by the time the game was over.
Carcillo becomes the 13th Blackhawk to score a game-winning goal this season. The 13th player. That’s almost as incredible as the record itself. The Blackhawks are going to lose eventually. But there have been few things in the history of the sports world as fun to watch at this team is right now.