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Watch: Chicago Blackhawks set a new NHL record in victory over Sharks

Feb 22, 2013, 11:45 PM EDT

Is there a team out there that can beat the Chicago Blackhawks in regulation?

The answer, so far this season, is ‘No.’ That could change, of course. But on Friday, the Blackhawks set a new National Hockey League record with their 17th straight game without a regulation time loss to begin the season.

The Blackhawks defeated the visiting San Jose Sharks 2-1, improving their NHL-best record to 14-0-3 in the process. They eclipsed the 2006-07 Anaheim Ducks, who previously held the record at 16 games without a regulation defeat to begin a season.

The Ducks that year went on to win the Stanley Cup.

“It’s special to do something as a group,” Blackhawks goalie Ray Emery told the Chicago Tribune.

“The start of the year is the worst time to do it I think, you’d rather do it at the end but it’s great in a short year to get off to a good start and we couldn’t ask for more. At the same time we can’t be complacent.”

  1. rarelyshaves - Feb 22, 2013 at 11:55 PM

    undisputed kings on the nhl

    • polegojim - Feb 23, 2013 at 11:19 AM

      Bet the Avs are glad they pushed Coach Q out of town…. sheesh….

      Nice job Coach and Hawks team!

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Feb 23, 2013 at 3:04 PM

      An amazing start to the season. Also amazing is that it sees them less than halfway to the record unbeaten/points streak set by the Flyers in 1979-80. Matching that 35 game streak will be close to impossible. (As was Ripken eclipsing Gehrig.)

  2. tbeilfuss - Feb 23, 2013 at 12:11 AM

    next 5 games look promising too.

    Blue Jackets
    Blue Jackets

    • tbeilfuss - Feb 23, 2013 at 12:12 AM

      definitely easier than the first 17 games that was prolly one of the tougher schedules possible in the West

  3. Stiller43 - Feb 23, 2013 at 12:16 AM

    Thats cool and all, but its how you play in the ~22 possiblyle games of the playoffs that matters.

    • comeonnowguys - Feb 23, 2013 at 12:23 AM

      Translation: Penguins fan is nervous. :)

  4. sportsfreak13 - Feb 23, 2013 at 12:33 AM

    Congrats to the Blackhawks. They have a real good team and our the top contender right now. I like how Brandon saad ( Pittsburgh native) is a rookie getting top line minutes with towes and hossa and scored the GW tonight. What an experience he is getting right now and at only 20 years old.

  5. LilTmac2003 - Feb 23, 2013 at 12:45 AM

    I don’t really understand haters. Lol.

    I mean, we are all witnessing history! If the record holds for sometime, I can say that yeah, I watched it live way down the road.

    On top of that being said — the Blackhawks are on fire. Hope to God the streak continues!

  6. sjsblitz - Feb 23, 2013 at 2:40 AM

    Grats on setting a new record. I for one am still grumpy with refs not calling Kane’s slashing, but wont take anything away from the team. Keep it pushing ‘Hawks!

    • comeonnowguys - Feb 23, 2013 at 3:37 PM

      They probably saw the cross check by Vlasic that made him mad in the first place.

  7. ironmike778 - Feb 23, 2013 at 8:20 AM

    Hawks fans should be worried. They’re too hot too soon. We see it all the time. You want to peak in May/June, not Jan/Feb. Not a born and raised fan but I do love this team, very exciting to watch. Just sayin’……wouldn’t be surprised if they get cold at the worst time down the road

    • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Feb 23, 2013 at 2:44 PM

      Who says they’re peaking?

  8. crnvic847 - Feb 23, 2013 at 8:38 AM


    I’d be worried if this were a full season and they peaked in oct/nov. But with it being a shortened season and a third of the way through the schedule I’m not worried. Just hope the goaltending holds up.


    • ironmike778 - Feb 23, 2013 at 11:30 AM

      I hear ya. I’m a 45 year old Bruins fan but really like this era of Hawks teams, so please don’t think I’m hating on them. That’s not it at all. I could watch every Chicago game. Just hope they aren’t getting their best hockey out of the way now.

      • noisetheorem - Feb 23, 2013 at 3:05 PM

        this worries me, but their attitude is what impresses me most. In every player or coach interview, you will hear them say ‘We know we can be better and that we need to be better to win’. While the rest of us have been looking on in awe, they have been unsatisfied with their level of play. Just imagine if they do find a way to take to another higher level?

  9. dadawg77 - Feb 23, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    This isnt being hot, this is being dominant. The Hawks have earned 91% of the available points so far. Any NHL team that has played at this level at the start has won the Cup. Barring injury, I don’t see the Hawks majorly slumping.

    • noisetheorem - Feb 23, 2013 at 3:03 PM

      They have had some bad nights in there (Calgary) but they have still found a way to win. Its been fantastic to watch.

  10. blackhawks2010 - Feb 24, 2013 at 3:35 PM

    Even in games that they played terrible (at Calgary, at Vancouver) they still get points or wins. The Hawks depth is too deep for teams. 3&4 lines are giving teams fits.

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