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Last-minute goal lifts Blackhawks

Wing Daniel Carcillo’s shot trickles under Avs goalie Semyon Varlamov and across the goal line with 49.3 seconds left, giving the Blackhawks a 3-2 win.

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Wing Daniel Carcillo’s shot trickles under Avs goalie Semyon Varlamov and across the goal line with 49.3 seconds left, giving the Blackhawks a 3-2 win.

CHICAGO — Just when it seems like the Blackhawks have run out of ways to keep their historic point streak alive, they came up with something new Wednesday.

Daniel Carcillo's goal with 49.3 seconds left lifted Chicago past Colorado 3-2. It's the Blackhawks' 24th straight game with a point to start this season and 30th straight overall, five behind the record of the 1979-80 Flyers. Carcillo played on the top line thanks to the late scratch of wing Marian Hossa (upper-body).

"We're showing a lot of maturity and a lot of great qualities as a team in any situation," said Jonathan Toews, whose shorthanded goal 2:19 into the third tied it. "We're tough to play against. If we're down a goal in the third period, we can put a lot of pressure on the other team and really make them just survive the pressure we put on them."

The win also was the Blackhawks' 11th in a row. The NHL record of 17 was set by the Penguins in 1992-93. And Ray Emery made 20 saves to become the first goalie in NHL history to start a season 10-0.

Said Emery: "We found a way to win."

Game highlights: Miikka Kiprusoff, back after missing 13 games with a sprained knee ligament, made 32 saves to lift the host Flames past the Sharks 4-1. … Phil Kessel had a goal and two assists as the Leafs beat the Senators 5-4. Ottawa is 3-7-2 on the road, 9-1-2 at home.

NHL, union differ on visors: A day after a puck struck Rangers defenseman Marc Staal in the right eye, deputy commissioner Bill Daly reiterated the NHL wants to mandate visors. The union, calling it a "matter of individual choice," reiterated its opposition. The union, which says about 73 percent of players wear visors, must agree to a change. "We continue to regularly educate the players on the benefits of wearing a visor," union official and ex-defenseman Mathieu Schneider said in a statement. The Rangers said Staal, who was not wearing a visor, is out indefinitely but doctors are confident he will make a full recovery. They did not disclose his specific injury.

Around the league: The Rangers claimed defenseman Roman Hamrlik off waivers from the Capitals. … Senators center Jason Spezza, who had back surgery Feb. 1, was cleared to practice. Originally expected to return in mid April, the team now hopes it will be 2-3 weeks.

at Blackhawks 1 0 2 3
Avalanche 1 1 0 2

First Period1, Chicago, Shaw 6 (Seabrook, Saad), 9:51 (pp). 2, Colorado, Mitchell 7 (Kobasew, O'Reilly), 18:20. PenaltiesMcLeod, Col (roughing), 8:43.

Second Period3, Colorado, Duchene 8 (Parenteau), 13:17. PenaltiesKobasew, Col (hooking), 4:02; Mitchell, Col (hooking), 9:46; Rozsival, Chi (roughing), 15:15.

Third Period4, Chicago, Toews 10 (Bolland, Oduya), 2:19 (sh). 5, Chicago, Carcillo 1 (Stalberg, Kruger), 19:10. PenaltiesRozsival, Chi (hooking), 1:25. Shots on GoalColorado 8-7-7—22. Chicago 12-9-11—32. Power-play opportunitiesColorado 0 of 2; Chicago 1 of 3. GoaliesColorado, Varlamov 6-9-3 (32 shots-29 saves). Chicago, Emery 10-0-0 (22-20).

at Maple Leafs 2 1 2 5
Senators 0 1 3 4

First Period1, Toronto, Bozak 6 (Kessel, van Riemsdyk), 6:24. 2, Toronto, McClement 4 (Kulemin, Phaneuf), 7:20. PenaltiesDziurzynski, Ott, major (fighting), :26; McLaren, Tor, major (fighting), :26; Neil, Ott, major (fighting), 5:08; Orr, Tor, major (fighting), 5:08; Wiercioch, Ott (interference), 17:59.

Second Period3, Toronto, van Riemsdyk 13 (Kessel, Bozak), 1:20. 4, Ottawa, Zibanejad 5 (Condra, Gonchar), 2:48. PenaltiesGunnarsson, Tor (hooking), 9:42.

Third Period5, Ottawa, Smith 1 (Phillips, Michalek), 1:40. 6, Toronto, Kessel 6 (Phaneuf, Franson), 3:42 (pp). 7, Toronto, Kadri 10, 10:18. 8, Ottawa, Alfredsson 5 (Smith), 12:08. 9, Ottawa, Greening 4 (Condra, Benoit), 18:03. PenaltiesZibanejad, Ott (slashing), 3:19. Shots on GoalOttawa 14-11-18—43. Toronto 10-14-4—28. Power-play opportunitiesOttawa 0 of 1; Toronto 1 of 2. GoaliesOttawa, Bishop 4-4-0 (28 shots-23 saves). Toronto, Reimer 9-3-0 (43-39).

Last-minute goal lifts Blackhawks 03/06/13 [Last modified: Thursday, March 7, 2013 12:27am]

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