For the first time in nearly a year, the Chicago Blackhawks left the ice without anything to show for their efforts.
The Blackhawks suffered their first regulation loss since last March 25 when they were defeated 6-2 by the Colorado Avalanche on Friday night. The loss snapped three streaks for the Blackhawks, who had won their previous 11 games, had started the season by getting at least one point in 24 consecutive games, and were unbeaten in regulation in 30 straight dating to last season.
Before Friday's game, the last time the Blackhawks had gone home empty-handed was a 6-1 home loss to the Nashville Predators nearly 12 full months ago.
Chicago finished the 2011-12 season with a 3-0-3 run before its historic 21-0-3 start to this one. In all, the Blackhawks went 30 consecutive regular-season games (24-0-6) without a loss in regulation or overtime.
The only team in NHL history to have enjoyed a better run is the 1979-80 Philadelphia Flyers, who set a record for North American professional sports when they went 35 games without a loss, 25-0-10. Overtime had not yet been implemented, and a game that was even after 60 minutes ended in a tie.
Because the Blackhawks lost via the shootout during their run, they couldn't challenge the Flyers' record unbeaten streak. But both teams will be remembered for their respective historic runs.