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Blackhawks not fretting over end of points streak

| Saturday, March 9, 2013, 7:30 p.m.
As members of the Colorado Avalanche, back, celebrate a goal by Ryan O'Reilly, Chicago Blackhawks right wing Michael Frolik (67), of the Czech Republic, skates back to the bench in the second period of an NHL hockey game in Denver, Friday, March 8, 2013. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

DENVER — The Chicago Blackhawks aren't about to mourn the end of their record points streak.

“We're proud of it, but it'll be nice to move on now,” defenseman Duncan Keith said after the Blackhawks' 6-2 loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Friday night.

The loss was Chicago's first in regulation this season and ended a remarkable run in which they earned at least one point in their first 24 games, an NHL record.

“It's hockey. We've lost games before in our lives. It's not like we're going to sit here and cry,” Keith said.

Instead, they'll sit back and celebrate, said coach Joel Quenneville, who told his team afterward “that they should be very proud of what they accomplished. They found different ways to win night-in and night-out, and everyone contributed to something that hadn't been done.”

So they left the ice without a point for once but also with their heads held high.

The Blackhawks (21-1-3) hadn't lost in regulation since a 6-1 rout by Nashville on March 25, 2012, and their last road loss in regulation came more than a year ago, with a 5-1 defeat at St. Louis on March 6, 2012.

Dating to last year's regular season, the streak was 30.

Chicago's overall points streak was the second-longest in NHL history. The 1979-80 Philadelphia Flyers set the league record with a staggering 35-game unbeaten streak that included 25 wins and 10 ties — all in the same season.

The Avalanche nearly ended the spectacular streak in Chicago on Wednesday night before the Blackhawks pulled out the win when Daniel Carcillo scored the tiebreaking goal with 49.3 seconds left. Chicago was skating without three key forwards and playing its second game in two nights then.

The crowd chanted, “End of streak! End of streak!” over the final minutes after P.A. Parenteau's 10th goal of the season made it 6-2.

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