Shortly before the Chicago Blackhawks took on the Colorado Avalanche, the Denver Post’s Adrian Dater tweeted the bold prediction “[A]vs end the streak tonight”. It’s been heard 23 times before, and those previous predictions have fallen. Just like before, that prediction fell and history was made again.
The Blackhawks are no strangers to last-minute goals, but nothing was quite like this game. Marian Hossa was already a late scratch and Andrew Shaw was missing from the bench after taking a forearm to the face from Paul Stastny when Patrick Sharp went to the locker room in pain in the third period. With only nine forwards playing and less than a minute remaining, Daniel Carcillo took the rebound at the net, scoring his first goal of the season and breaking the 2-2 tie. It also broke Carcillo’s 480-day goal drought.
But lost in the celebration is the play of Ray Emery. February’s NHL third star of the month made some very impressive stops on Gabriel Landeskog and Chuck Kobasew, and the win gave him a history-making streak within the bigger streak. Emery is now the first goalie in NHL history to win his first 10 starts, which broke his own record of nine starts when he played for the Ottawa Senators.
The Blackhawks have now beaten every team in the Western Conference except for the Anaheim Ducks. That game will come soon enough. For now, the team is taking things one game at a time, and that strategy is working its magic on them.