Blackhawks win 11th straight to extend best start in NHL history to 24 games

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CHICAGO -- Daniel Carcillo scored the tiebreaking goal with 49.3 seconds left in regulation and the Chicago Blackhawks won their 11th straight, beating the Colorado Avalanche, 3-2, last night to extend the best start in NHL history.

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, stretching their NHL record.

Dating 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 during one season 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 Varlamov made two in-close stops on Viktor Stalberg during a scrum in the crease.

Toews scored a highlight-reel, shorthanded goal early in the third period, beating two Avalanche players to tie it 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.

Ray Emery made 20 saves for the Blackhawks to improve to 10-0. Varlamov finished with 29 stops.

-- AP

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