The Chicago Blackhawks amazing streak to start the season finally came to an end last night at the hands of the Colorado Avalanche. The Hawks entered the game with an impressive record of 21-0-3 as they chased an NHL record for most consecutive games with a point, held by the 1975-76 Philadelphia Flyers.

There wasn’t much suspense to end what has been a very dramatic run by the Hawks. The first period ended in a 1-1 tie on goals by Hawks’ captain Jonathan Toews and Avs’ centre Paul Stastny. In the 2nd period, Colorado exploded for 4 goals to take a commanding 5-1 lead. There were no crazy comebacks or close calls in the 3rd period. Each team scored 1 and the game ended with a final score of Avalanche 6 Blackhawks 2.

Now that the streak is over the Hawks can take a deep breath and step out of the spotlight for a bit. They have been in mid-season or better form all year long which has allowed them to build a huge lead in the standings. With 45 points, the Hawks sit 8 points up on the 2nd place Anaheim Ducks and they hold an overwhelming 17 point lead on the Detroit Red Wings for 1st place in the Central Division.