Indirectly, and painfully, the Avalanche helped author a chapter to one of North America's most amazing sports stories Wednesday night, becoming the latest NHL team to bow to the mighty Chicago Blackhawks.

Colorado carried a one-goal lead into the third period at the United Center and were going on the power play when momentum changed and the Blackhawks, as they have so many times this season, rallied under the guidance of former Avs coach Joel Quenneville.

Superstar captain Jonathan Toews tied it with a short-handed goal and blue-collar player Daniel Carcillo won it with a greasy rebound goal with 49.3 seconds remaining as Chicago won 3-2 to extend its franchise-best winning streak to 11 games.

The Blackhawks (21-0-3) also extended their points streak to 24 games, a league record to start the season, and 30 games dating to last season. The NHL record is 35 games, set by the Philadelphia Flyers in 1979-80.

"It's a tough loss. Two games in a row," said Avs coach Joe Sacco, whose team played well in a 2-1 loss at Detroit on Tuesday and finished its road trip winless (0-2-1). "Just frustrating right now. We had some good play in that game. We did some things well. And to come up again without any points is disappointing."