Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series tied 2-2

Game 1: Friday, October 14th
Game 2: Thursday, January 19th
Game 3: Thursday, March 9th
Game 4: Monday, April 3rd

Avalanche 2

(27-18-3, 57 pts)

Blackhawks 4

(16-25-6, 38 pts)

8:30 PM ET, January 19, 2006

United Center, Chicago, Illinois

1 2 3 T
COL 1 1 02
CHI 1 3 04

K. Calder (Blackhawks - LW): Goals: 2, Assists: 0

N. Khabibulin (Blackhawks - G): Saves: 37, Save Pct.: .949

R. Vrbata (Blackhawks - RW): Goals: 0, Assists: 3

Colorado (27-17-3) at Chicago (15-25-6) 8:30 pm EST

Colorado (27-17-3) at Chicago (15-25-6) 8:30 pm EST

CHICAGO (Ticker) -- The Colorado Avalanche have a great chance to match their longest winning streak in seven seasons when they face the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday.

With eight straight wins, the Avalanche are one away from matching a nine-game run in October 2000. The franchise record for consecutive wins came two seasons before when it reeled off 12 straight.

Colorado extended the run and moved itself into a three-way tie atop the Northwest Division after Tuesday's 5-3 win over Toronto.

Milan Hejduk scored two power-play goals in a 34-second span to ignite the Avalanche's four-goal surge in the second period. Alex Tanguay added a goal and an assist for the second straight game, maintaining a strong personal run.

Tanguay has seven goals and seven assists during the club's winning streak and has two of his three game-winning goals this month.

The Blackhawks fell to 1-1-2 on a five-game homestand after Tuesday's 2-1 overtime loss to the New York Islanders. Defenseman Jim Vandermeer had a power-play goal for Chicago.

In the first meeting between the teams on October 14, Colorado defenseman John-Michael Liles forced overtime with a goal with 2:03 left in regulation, but the Blackhawks converted all three of their shootout attempts to claim a 3-2 victory.