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Blackhawks extend point streak to 18 games with win

Feb 24, 2013, 9:54 PM EST

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The Chicago Blackhawks managed to keep their winning streak going while Corey Crawford recovered from what might have been a concussion, but they needed a strong game from him to extend their record start to 18 games.

Crawford stopped all 28 Columbus Blue Jackets shots on Sunday to help Chicago eke out a 1-0 win. This marks the 28-year-old’s second shutout of the season, pushing his record to 8-0-3 with a .941 save percentage and 1.50 GAA.

Not bad for a guy many expected to be a significant liability.

The Blackhawks’ opening record is now 15-0-3 (33 points). No other NHL team has 30. Many believe that the cut-off point for a playoff spot could be 55 points this season, so the Blackhawks are motoring toward that benchmark.

Some thought Andrew Shaw might see supplemental discipline for the Friday check that enraged Ryane Clowe to the point of possibly taking the kind of retribution that might draw a 10-game suspension. Instead, Shaw was the game’s only goal scorer.

If you believe fatigue could be the Blackhawks’ undoing, Monday’s game against the Taylor Hall-less Edmonton Oilers could be a test. So far, they’ve passed just about all of them.

  1. indianhead1992 - Feb 24, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    best team in the NHL by far! Hardest schedule thus far and yet they have not lost in regulation! no matter what fan you are, you have the appreciate this run they are on. Im a hawks fan but last year when the Wings went on that 20+ games without a home loss, I was rooting for them to keep going because it is something a hockey fan should cherish.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Feb 24, 2013 at 10:59 PM

      It’s been extremely impressive. It’s crazy to think that they haven’t had one bad game so far but I don’t think they’ve had the hardest schedule. Just take the Flyers for example (as I’m most familiar with their schedule)… they’ve played 20 games in 33 days, 12 on the road, with five back-to-backs already (only 2 of those 10 games at home, and they weren’t consecutive). They’ve already played as many back-to-backs as the Pens play all season. And there are other clubs dealing with similar issues. The Blackhawks have had 3 BTB’s, with 18 games in 35 days. Not trying to take anything away from the Hawks run, they’ve been a well-oiled machine, but there are other clubs that have started with more difficult schedules. But like you said I’m rooting for Chicago to keep it up. I’m happy to see Ray Emery finding success.

      • noisetheorem - Feb 25, 2013 at 9:18 AM

        Something you have to take into account with Western Conference teams is the travel times as well. The first 10 of 12 games for the hawks were on the road going up and down the west coast with only two at home. Then they start a similar run all at home (which can be just as bad because of the distractions).

        I actually think that was good for them, though. This team had to come together as a team right away and they have. What impresses me most is their mantra of knowing that they can still play better and that they will play better because their goal right now is home ice in the playoffs. That cohesive attitude and work ethic is what really makes them dangerous.

      • phillyphanatic77 - Feb 25, 2013 at 11:01 AM

        Look I’m taking nothing away from their start. I understand all teams have overcome schedule related adversity. I was just responding to the point above that they had the toughest schedule. Even with the travel I still don’t think they have the hardest. During a shortened schedule the teams that have more rest have a distinct advantage, and the Hawks have had more rest than some other teams. They have a difficult schedule just not the most difficult. Still an unbelievable run against many good teams in a deep west.

  2. nothanksimdriving123 - Feb 24, 2013 at 10:32 PM

    So far very definitely Best Performance by a Team in a Leading Role. And now they are just over halfway to the record unbeaten/points streak set by the Flyers in 1979-80. Matching that 35 game streak will be close to impossible. (But then, so was Cal Ripken eclipsing Lou Gehrig.)

    • esracerx46 - Feb 24, 2013 at 10:51 PM

      If your just counting regular season games, the Hawks current streak is 24. Still pretty far out there. And with the condensed schedule they have to mail one in sooner or later. Right??

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Feb 25, 2013 at 4:22 AM

        The Flyers’ record streak of 35 games was within one season, so the Hawks do have 17 to go to tie it.

  3. kcprof926 - Feb 24, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    Oilers can match Hawks speed tomorrow night but Hawks want revenge because this team embarrassed them last year.

  4. jpat2424 - Feb 24, 2013 at 10:47 PM

    Looking forward to that game tomorrow night. Go hawks

  5. chicagobtech - Feb 24, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    A cross check didn’t get called, neither did the spear to the nuts that followed.

    One of these will probably get a call from Shanahan’s office…seems the Hawks can draw out the worst in a team.

  6. therealjr - Feb 24, 2013 at 10:56 PM

    Impressive, but I’d be a little worried that things will start evening out a little for this team just around playoff time.

  7. kcprof926 - Feb 25, 2013 at 8:22 AM

    Hard to question the Hawks schedule. It is very obvious the West is more stacked than the East and the Hawks have actually played more of the upper echelon.

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