DENVER — The best start in NHL history is over. The Chicago Blackhawks finally left the ice without a point.
The Blackhawks were stunned 6-2 by the struggling Colorado Avalanche on Friday night. It was their first loss in regulation and ended a remarkable run in which they earned at least one point in their first 24 games, an NHL record.
Matt Duchene scored four points and Ryan O’Reilly got his first goal since his contract dispute was resolved more than a week ago. O’Reilly assisted on another goal in a four-goal onslaught in the second period that turned a 1-1 tie into a laugher.
The Blackhawks (21-1-3) hadn’t lost in regulation since a 6-1 rout by Nashville on March 25, 2012.
Also on Friday:
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Colin Wilson had a career-high two goals and two assists for Nashville.
NEW YORK — Jakob Silfverberg broke a tie with 4:41 left for Ottawa.
SUNRISE, Fla. — Dustin Byfuglien scored in overtime for Winnipeg.
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Viktor Fasth posted his second career shutout with 29 saves.