CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks were tired, hurting and often on their heels Wednesday night against Colorado.
But despite skating without three key forwards, playing their second game in two nights and falling behind after two periods, they pulled out yet another win.
Daniel Carcillo scored the tiebreaking goal with 49.3 seconds left and the Blackhawks won their 11th consecutive game, beating the Avalanche 3-2 on Wednesday night to extend the best start in NHL history.
"Being down, resiliency, perseverance, whatever you want to call it, there’s a belief in this locker room that whatever position we’re in, we can come back," Carcillo said. "That’s one of our biggest assets."
Jonathan Toews and Andrew Shaw also scored for Chicago (21-0-3), which reached the halfway point of a lockout-shortened season without losing in regulation. The remarkable Blackhawks have earned at least one point in their first 24 games, an NHL record.
Dating back to last year’s regular season, the streak is 30 games.
The Blackhawks broke the previous team record for consecutive wins with their 10th in a row Tuesday night, 5-3 over Minnesota.
Chicago’s overall points streak is the second-longest in NHL history. The 1979-80 Philadelphia Flyers set the league record at 35 games with a 25-0-10 run.
Carcillo knocked in a rebound with a backhand shot, his first goal of the season, after Semyon
Carcillo is better known as an agitator than a scorer, but he punched in a puck when it counted.
"I want to be more than an enforcer on this team," Carcillo said. "Just to be able to step in with some key guys going down and helping wherever I can, in this particular situation scoring a game-winner, that’s what we play for."
Toews scored a highlight-reel, short-handed goal early in the third period, beating two Avalanche players to tie the score at 2. Chicago trailed after two periods for only the fourth time this season.
John Mitchell and Matt Duchene scored for Colorado, which has lost six of seven.
"It’s just frustrating right now," Avalanche coach Joe Sacco said. "We had some things go well, and to come up again without any points, it’s disappointing."
Ray Emery made 20 saves for the Blackhawks to improve to 10-0. Varlamov finished with 29 stops.
Chicago forward Marian Hossa sat out with an upper-body injury. Shaw left the game late in the second period and teammate Patrick Sharp left midway through the third.
"It says a lot in this situation," Toews said. "That team, they were hungry to be the spoiler, and with a couple of guys going down, it’s not easy to keep going.
"But we had a lot of positive talk going into the third period. With what we’ve been through lately, it really helps give us that confidence we somehow, some way, are going to find a way."
Shaw’s power-play goal on a deflection opened the scoring midway through the first. Shaw was parked in front of the crease, and Brent Seabrook’s drive from the right point ticked in off the shaft of Shaw’s stick.
Mitchell tied it with 1:40 left in the first, exploiting a rare Chicago coverage mix-up. Mitchell skated alone to the right side of the net, took a quick pass across the crease from Chuck Kobasew and lifted a backhand past Emery.