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.”
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