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Blackhawks chasing NHL playoffs record

May 18, 2010, 9:30 PM EST

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I’m sure this record isn’t exactly at the top of their list of
“things to do on the way to the Stanley Cup” but the Blackhawks are a
win tonight away from tying an NHL postseason record with seven straight
road wins.

It’s been a staple of their playoff success this
season, with six of their nine victories coming on the road. Being able
to step into GM Place in Vancouver ang get a big wins was instrumental
in their constant frustrating of the Canucks. Starting their first
series of the playoffs on the road against the Sharks also allowed them
to continue their strong play away from home.

Now that they’re
trying to do the same thing, in San Jose, the Hawks maintain they’re
just focused on winning and it doesn’t
matter where the game takes place:

“I didn’t know
about the record but definitely it’s something that would
be great to achieve,” Marian
Hossa said after practice on Tuesday morning. “The most important
thing is to win the hockey game.”

“You can’t say, ‘Oh well, it was their building, we’ll go back
and win
in ours,’” John
Madden explained. “That’s not the way we approach games.”

The Sharks didn’t exactly have a bad game in Game 1
and hit a wall known as Antti Niemi, a goaltender who had previously
been known as more of leaking dam than an impenetrable force. He’ll need
to do the same in Game 2 if the Hawks hope to tie the record.

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