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Blackhawks extend historic start to season

AP, CHICAGO

Chicago Blackhawks players celebrate their team’s first-period goals against the Minnesota Wild at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois, on Wednesday.

The Chicago Blackhawks won their 11th consecutive game with a 3-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday night to extend the best start in NHL history.

Daniel Carcillo scored the tiebreaking goal with 49.3 seconds left, and Jonathan Toews and Andrew Shaw also scored for Chicago, who reached the halfway point of a season shortened by a lockout without losing in regulation time. 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 on Tuesday night, when they beat Minnesota 5-3.

John Mitchell and Matt Duchene scored for Colorado, who have lost six of seven.

Anaheim’s Jonas Hiller faced only 18 shots in his first shutout of the season and Corey Perry scored in the first period as the Ducks beat the Phoenix Coyotes 2-0 for their ninth consecutive victory at home.

The Ducks have the second-best record in the NHL with 16 wins and three losses, and still trail the Blackhawks by 10 points. Anaheim’s start is level with the best in club history after 22 games.

Jason LaBarbera made 22 saves for Phoenix, one of them on a penalty shot by Andrew Cogliano.

At Toronto, Phil Kessel had a goal and two assists to help the Maple Leafs hold off the Ottawa Senators 5-4 in a game highlighted by a knockout punch from Frazer McLaren.

Only 26 seconds into the game McLaren downed Dave Dziurzynski when he caught the Ottawa forward flush with a right to the chin, sending him face down to the ice. A woozy Dziurzynski was slow getting up and eventually needed help from two teammates to skate off.

Tyler Bozak and James van Riemsdyk each had a goal and an assist for the Maple Leafs, who won their third straight.

Miikka Kiprusoff made 32 saves in his return from a knee injury to lead the Calgary Flames to a 4-1 win over the San Jose Sharks.

Blake Comeau scored the tiebreaking goal early in the third period. Jarome Iginla, Roman Cervenka and Curtis Glencross (into an empty net) also scored for the Flames.

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