Soaring when they hit the Mile High City, the Blackhawks were brought back to earth in spectacular fashion and their historic run is history.

The Hawks didn't just lose for the first time this season in regulation, they looked sluggish in doing it as the Avalanche crushed them 6-2 Friday night at Pepsi Center.


After a first half of the season during which they could do no wrong, everything fell apart for the Hawks as their 24-game run to begin the 2013 season was halted. Also ended was the Hawks' franchise-record 11-game winning streak and the 30 consecutive contests with at least one point dating back to last season.

"We had our chances to stay close but we didn't play smart enough in our own zone — it came down to that," captain Jonathan Toews said. "We've been fortunate to play well enough to make it this far and it's something we can be proud of. We'll take the confidence we gained from all that and keep going forward. Everyone knows you can't win them all."