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Chasing history: Blackhawks ‘just business as usual’ right now

Feb 26, 2013, 2:26 AM EST

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It has been almost 12 months since the Chicago Blackhawks have lost a regular season game in regulation.

The date was March 25, 2012. The Nashville Predators had their way in a 6-1 win. The Blackhawks’ next six games after that were either wins, or losses decided in the shootout.

Here we are, Feb. 26, 2013, and the Blackhawks have started the season 16-0-3. They haven’t lost in regulation in their last 25 regular season games. Many factors have contributed. The lockout wiped out more than three months of the 2013 season, helping stretch this impressive streak over time.

Mainly, it’s been the Blackhawks themselves. On Monday, down a goal going into the third period, the Blackhawks sent the game to overtime when Viktor Stalberg scored early in the period. Marian Hossa won it in OT, sending the hometown fans into a frenzy.

“Without sounding arrogant, it’s kind of just business as usual,” Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp told the Chicago Tribune.

“We have an attitude in here that we can win every night. We’re healthy right now, we’re a confident group and we want to keep getting better.”

The streak the Blackhawks are on ranks third in NHL history. They are three back of the Montreal Canadiens from 1977-78, and 10 behind the all-time longest undefeated streak belonging to the Philadelphia Flyers of 1979-80, according to the Associated Press.

 

  1. freneticgarfieldfan - Feb 26, 2013 at 3:55 AM

    “The date was March 25, 2012.”
    “Here we are, Feb. 26, 2013″
    “It has been almost 12 months…”
    A simpler mind like me would say “It’s been 11 months…” I know: this sounds a little less “dramatic” ;-)

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Feb 26, 2013 at 4:29 AM

      And speaking of simpler minds, mine says that since the Flyers of 1979-80 set the NHL record with a 35-game points streak (25 wins and 10 ties, I believe), and the Hawks’ streak is up to 19, that would be a difference of somewhere around 16 or so, not the 10 mentioned in this post and the AP story it refers to.

      • comeonnowguys - Feb 26, 2013 at 9:07 AM

        Please re-read the first three paragraphs.

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Feb 26, 2013 at 3:47 PM

        The Flyers streak was within one season, so the corresponding Hawks streak is 19, so I still believe my math is flawless for the single-season record. Including last season makes it a separate record. The article is correct for the multi-season record. There was a similar dust-up in baseball in 2006 when Jimmy Rollins had a hitting streak carry over to the next season, and folks had to decide if his streak was 36 or 38 games.

  2. janek83 - Feb 26, 2013 at 6:34 AM

    @ nothanksimdriving123 it goes back to last season the blackhawks go points in the last 6 games of last season they got points in every game this season with 19 19+5=25

  3. janek83 - Feb 26, 2013 at 6:42 AM

    correction 19+6=25

    • esracerx46 - Feb 26, 2013 at 6:59 AM

      D’oh!

  4. in1chuck1we1trust - Feb 26, 2013 at 8:41 AM

    Nothing like playing your best hockey at the beginning of the season!

    • comeonnowguys - Feb 26, 2013 at 9:15 AM

      Here’s the thing, they’ve still got areas in which they can improve. Most notably, their power play could be better. They’ve gotten a fair amount of 5 on 3s, which helps their number.

      What you’re seeing now is the effect of their depth. Keith and Seabrook don’t have to play 27 minutes a night. Toews and Hossa don’t have to be on every penalty kill. Which means they have the legs to go after all the trash and rebounds in their own end that killed them last year. Which means they can chase and keep pucks in the offensive zone.

      Yes, of course this means nothing if they don’t win the Cup this year, and they’ve basically set themselves up for a Cup-or-failure year. But if you had to choose between 16-0-3 and, say, 10-5-4, how would you want your favorite team to start?

      • adambballn - Feb 26, 2013 at 10:57 AM

        Lets also not forget that 4 of the previous 5 teams that started their season with points in 13 or more games won the Stanley Cup that season. The top 3 best starts ever finished the season as Stanley Cup champions.

  5. kingsforever - Feb 27, 2013 at 9:22 AM

    They will come 1st in the West only to be eliminated by the Coyotes in the first round, again

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