“Do you believe in miracles?” Oh, wait — wrong game!
Last night the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Colorado Avalanche by a score of 3-2 with just 49.3 seconds left in the game to keep their winning streak alive at 11 consecutive wins (and earning at least one point in every 24 games they’ve played this season; 30 games if you go back to last year’s regular season). They are only the second team in NHL history to reach such a milestone and only the 1979-80 Philadelphia Flyers have more with 35.
The game-winning goal came from Blackhawks forward Dan Carcillo. It was also his first goal of the season. Although Carcillo is a fairly well known hockey player, it’s definitely not for scoring goals. When I think of Carcillo, I envision a toothless grin in my mind. I also think back to Game 6 in the first round of the 2009 NHL playoffs when he and Pittsburgh Penguins‘ Max Talbot dropped the gloves and exchanged blows on the ice (with the infamous “Shhhhhh” coming from Talbot while being led off the ice after getting the crap beat out of him by Carcillo). That just happened to be the turning point of the game (the Penguins were losing up to that point), the series — it was tied at three games each — and ultimately led the Penguins to win the Stanley Cup that season.
To say that Carcillo is a tough-guy is putting it mildly, so having him on the ice with so little time left, instead of Patrick Kane or Jonathan Toews, was somewhat of a risky move by Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville. It just shows that he is willing to take risks to win, which is probably one of the many reasons why the team is currently on such a hot streak.
Regardless of which of the 30 NHL teams you associate yourself with, if you’re a true hockey fan, you know what the Blackhawks have accomplished is a magnificent feat and you have to at least appreciate that hockey history is being made. This is not only good for the Blackhawks, its good for the league as well as for the sport of hockey and fans should be pumped up about that and cheer on Chicago if only for that very reason (even LeBron James is giving props).