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Blackhawks off to best start in franchise history

Jan 27, 2013, 10:01 PM EDT

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The Chicago Blackhawks franchise has seen many high points since being founded in 1926, but they’ve never seen a start like this one. Sunday’s 2-1 OT win against the Detroit Red Wings improved their record to 6-0-0 in 2013, the team’s best start ever.

Even with all that talent on the ice, who saw this coming? Apparently head coach Joel Quenneville had a feeling things would kick off swimmingly, as he told NHL.com on Saturday.

“I found their first four or five days on the ice was remarkable. Nobody looked out of shape,” Quenneville said. “It’s been a nice fit, a good four-line rotation right now, and the guys have a lot of enthusiasm. We have a very tough schedule and we know the importance of starts to the season and starts to games. Everybody is feeling a part of it and contributing.”

While stars like Marian Hossa, Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews have done much of the heavy lifting, Nick Leddy scored the overtime-winner tonight, so there’s some truth to that.

Here are a few really brief bits about the Blackhawks’ hot beginning:

  • They’ve scored 22 goals and allowed 13, generating a +9 goal differential.
  • Four of those six wins came on the road, so they’re not just nursing points at the United Center.
  • Kane (nine points), Hossa (eight), Toews (six) and Patrick Sharp (six) have at least a point-per-game so far.
  1. jpat2424 - Jan 27, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    Awesome

  2. comeonnowguys - Jan 27, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    It’s amazing what a little depth can do. Keith/Seabrook were putting ridiculous minutes the last couple years, now that they’re a bit fresher, Keith has a some of his 09-10 form back.

  3. sprtsfan1 - Jan 27, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    At least Chicago haters can’t say the Hawks have been playing and beating bad teams. Hawks have been dominating the best in the league. Played down the the competition the past couple of games but we have a huge test coming up this week against the Canucks. Go Hawks!!!!

    • gret9 - Jan 28, 2013 at 1:16 PM

      I think their performance in the last couple of games has more to do with 6 games in 9 nights than playing down to their competition. They clearly were not skating well in the 2nd half of last nights game and still came away with a victory. They now have a couple of days off to recharge their batteries and get ready for a long road trip. GO BLACKHAWKS!!!!!!

  4. polegojim - Jan 27, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    Great win by the Blackhawks…. great hockey game period.

    Detroit played it well through the entirety of the game.

    GO RED WINGS!

  5. 19to77 - Jan 27, 2013 at 10:33 PM

    Bet Vancouver’s eyeing the playoffs uneasily. If the ‘Hawks are back to form, their Cup window is officially gone.

  6. sjsharks66 - Jan 27, 2013 at 10:43 PM

    Hawks and sharks tearing up the west. This is awesome! Good for the hawks as well!

  7. blackhawks2010 - Jan 27, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    Hawks on a roll and Crawford looks solid. Go Hawks!

  8. redsoxchamp11 - Jan 27, 2013 at 11:07 PM

    awesome for the hawks. I always like seeing them play good.

    Can my lightning get some love now that they have the most points in the east. I know its early, but come on…they are playing well right now.

    • bigbadbruins77 - Jan 28, 2013 at 12:01 AM

      they are playing great. I knew they would. Go marty! But the bruins will regain 1st in the east Tomorrow…the bolts are only 1 point ahead and have played more games

  9. beerjunkie69 - Jan 27, 2013 at 11:21 PM

    Go BLUES!!!

    • comeonnowguys - Jan 27, 2013 at 11:26 PM

      Shhh. The grown-ups are talking.

  10. ineedmorehossa - Jan 27, 2013 at 11:43 PM

    I need more Hossa

    • 19to77 - Jan 28, 2013 at 1:35 AM

      More Hossa for everybody!

      • comeonnowguys - Jan 28, 2013 at 9:44 AM

        Mac drives me nuts. But at least he talks hockey.

  11. jhuck92 - Jan 28, 2013 at 5:22 AM

    This hot start to the shortened season means a whole lot more than it normally would. And they broke a record by beating their most hated rival! Does it get any better than that??

  12. remosnozzberri82 - Jan 28, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    Wait until the Rangers get hot then yall be in a world of pain

    • jhuck92 - Jan 28, 2013 at 2:49 PM

      The teams this season face only other in-conference clubs. So unless the Rangers can make it to the Finals, I’m not worried. And that’s something they haven’t done since ’94.

  13. valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jan 28, 2013 at 5:48 PM

    What a great performance vs the Wings. Wings are still a very good team despite losing the ‘ström’
    boys.

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