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Twitter tells it all: Blackhawks push streak to 21 games

Mar 1, 2013, 11:34 PM EDT

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The Chicago Blackhawks – love them or hate them – have taken the hockey world by storm.

Friday night, they extended their streak without a regulation loss to start the 2013 season to 21 games. Dating back to last March, they have now gone undefeated in regulation in 27 regular games.

Brent Seabrook scored the overtime winner, as the Blackhawks defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3. The Jackets held a one-goal lead late in the second period, before Patrick Sharp and Bryan Bickell scored 59 seconds apart to take the lead. It turned out those two goals would help push the game into overtime, thus continuing the streak.

There was instant reaction on Twitter.

Should the Blackhawks force Sunday’s contest against the Detroit Red Wings to overtime – or they could just win in regulation – they would tie the 1977-78 Montreal Canadiens for the second longest undefeated streak in NHL history at 28 games.

The Philadelphia Flyers from 1979-80 still have the longest streak at 35 games without a regulation loss.

  1. govtminion - Mar 1, 2013 at 11:40 PM

    Columbus lost, but they looked good tonight- that was a hell of a show they put on. No shame in that OT loss.

    • bhawkce - Mar 2, 2013 at 12:11 AM

      Give Columbus a few years, and a few good trades, and a strong draft… They have a deep D, I see a few trades on the horizon for some people that can score. Looking forward to the future here in C-bus. It’s going to be a fun ride!

  2. phillyphanatic77 - Mar 1, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    The main thing I take from this game: Columbus is the best bad team in the league. They put out so much effort, did an excellent job for about 55 minutes, and come out with another loss. Like John Davidson said, they don’t know how to finish yet. Without most of their top 6 defensemen they managed to slow the best team in hockey. Say what you want about the Blue Jackets being doormats in the standings, they don’t give up easy points.

    As for the Blackhawks, they didn’t play their best and still came out with another W. Sometimes when you’re hot you just get all the bounces. But that Toews no look pass on the winner was awesome. He faked out everyone on the ice except Seabrook. Excellent effort from a top notch captain.

  3. sjsharks66 - Mar 2, 2013 at 12:02 AM

    The hawks are on fire right now. However, what about when playoffs roll through. Thats the time you have to get hot. Just look at the kings last year, not a great season at all and got hot in the playoffs.

    Im very interested to see how this all plays out in the end!

  4. grillmarks - Mar 2, 2013 at 12:14 AM

    Tucker…. why wasn’t my comment posted?

  5. Stiller43 - Mar 2, 2013 at 12:20 AM

    Its a helluva streak. And something to be proud of, to be sure. However, unless they win the cup, it wont mean squat.

  6. 950003cups - Mar 2, 2013 at 12:25 AM

    It’s unbelievable. How funny would it be if they get swept in the first round in 4 OT games.

    If you think about it, the Blackhawks have more points now, than Columbus will have all year.

  7. blomfeld - Mar 2, 2013 at 12:59 AM

    Congrats to the Hawks and their fans …

    It’s nice to see the Hawks soaring like this and reclaiming themselves as one of the NHL’s best. But do enjoy the moment my friends, as time waits for no one. We LA Kings are looking forward to the chance of “dealing” with you people come playoff time, and God willing, our wish will come true. So should you people make it to the “high ground” this spring which is the WCF, then rest assured that we Kings will be waiting and ready for you in a way that you can’t imagine !

    GO KINGS GO !!! … TODAY, TOMORROW AND FOREVER !!!!!!

    • arlingtonrob - Mar 2, 2013 at 1:40 AM

      So who are the nazi’s? The Kings or the Hawks?

      Sounds to me the you’re as confident as Hitler remained while Allies were approaching the Rhine and closing in on Berlin in 1945.

      One cup and you get cocky eh…

  8. thehighcountrybear - Mar 2, 2013 at 1:16 AM

    Streak…meet skid! Mark Sunday on your calendar, at the Joe, motor city madness will start the Hawks big slide…

    • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Mar 2, 2013 at 1:34 AM

      That’s cute …

  9. chasestern - Mar 2, 2013 at 1:50 AM

    Am I the only one that notices this crap about how they’re “approaching” the Flyers’ 35 games? Hey guess what people: losing in the playoffs ends the streak ok? Just because they managed to get a point in a few straight games to end last season, before losing in the first round, doesn’t mean jack. Yes yes I’m not blind to the ridiculous and impressive nature of what they’re doing now. But let’s be real people: the streak is at 21. NOT 27.

    • arlingtonrob - Mar 2, 2013 at 2:08 AM

      I’m a hawk fan and I agree…shouldn’t include last years games. Regardless, it’s still an amazing run. To win 5 or 6 in a row is sweet, but this?!?! Crazy…

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Mar 2, 2013 at 3:20 AM

      Once again, people are mixing various separate records. The Flyers’ record is 35 games with a point in one season (also known as an undefeated streak since they had ties in those days). The Hawks have set a new record for most such games from the start of a season, 21 and counting. To add the Hawks’ finish from last season puts it in a different category of longest such streak over one or more seasons. That mark is also the Flyers’ 35. The Flyers’ single season record will stand unless the Hawks go 15 more games without losing in reg. time.

      • somekat - Mar 2, 2013 at 8:48 AM

        Wrong. If they lose in overtime, it’s a loss, the Flyers streak is safe. If the Flyers lost in overtime, it was a loss. Not an “overtime loss”. This entire streak is fraudulent. Maybe it’s the best streak since the NHL decided it was a good idea to hand out points after a team loses the game.

        That was not the case for the Flyers record. If some guy scored a lucky goal in OT, it was loss. Not an “overtime loss”, which apparently is different.

        Stupid rule, fraudulent streak

      • comeonnowguys - Mar 2, 2013 at 9:38 AM

        You do realize that their OTL’s came from shootouts, right? They didn’t come from “lucky goals in OT.” So they made it all the way through regulation AND overtime tied.

        Not that it matters, because you’re still going to find some aspect of the whole thing as you cling to your “days-gone-by” blanket for warmth at night.

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Mar 2, 2013 at 1:04 PM

        somekat and whoever else: In the 1979-80 regular season, when the Flyers went 35 games without a loss, THERE WAS NO OVERTIME OR SHOOTOUT. The game was over after 60 minutes regardless of the score. No way of knowing now if the Flyers might have lost any of their 10 ties in OT or a shootout, so to compare then and now we shall say their record unbeaten streak is also a point streak. Please take notes, and yes, you may use them during the exam. We want no one to fail, we want everyone to understand the material.

    • comeonnowguys - Mar 2, 2013 at 11:18 AM

      To be fair, the whole “regular-season” qualification didn’t just appear out of the blue with this streak. You see it a lot in football.

      If by some absolute miracle they beat the regular season record but (likely) fall short of the single-season tally, there’s always going to be debate about it. If that’s the case it’s probably going to defer to the regular season streak first, single-season next. If it gets to that point, these two runs will be mentioned in the same breath for the foreseeable future.

      But, given that they probably won’t win on Sunday (fourth 3-games-in-four nights, following a grueling OT game, playing their biggest rival, on the road), this really feels academic at this point.

  10. somekat - Mar 2, 2013 at 8:50 AM

    The Flyers do not have a “35 game streak without a regulation loss”. They have a 35 game UNBEATEN streak. That means they didn’t lose, including in overtime. The Hawks fell short weeks ago, story over

    • esracerx46 - Mar 2, 2013 at 9:03 AM

      The Hawks havent lost including in overtime either. All 3 losses have been via a shootout. The shootout was something that wasnt around in 79/80. Games just ended in ties. That flyers team had 25 wins and 10 ties. So, you can compare the 2. But thanks for playin. FYI the longest winning streak is 17 games by the Penguins.

      • comeonnowguys - Mar 2, 2013 at 9:43 AM

        Going back to the last year’s part of the streak, they had no losses in OTL, either. Just three SO losses. There’s no way in hell he’d ever count that, though. :)

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Mar 2, 2013 at 1:05 PM

      At the risk of sounding slightly repetitive, to somekat and whoever else: In the 1979-80 regular season, when the Flyers went 35 games without a loss, THERE WAS NO OVERTIME OR SHOOTOUT. The game was over after 60 minutes regardless of the score. No way of knowing now if the Flyers might have lost any of their 10 ties in OT or a shootout, so to compare then and now we shall say their record unbeaten streak is also a point streak. Please take notes, and yes, you may use them during the exam. We want no one to fail, we want everyone to understand the material.

  11. watchfullhose - Mar 2, 2013 at 8:52 AM

    Shouldn’t that intentional hand pass goal (disallowed) have been a minor penalty for closing the hand on the puck? Wtf?

    • tbeilfuss - Mar 2, 2013 at 9:21 AM

      no because he was attempting to put the puck down. Not like he carried it around or anything.

      As far as the streak, that’s the NHL’s fault for changing the scoring system so many times. And for having retarded shootouts. The Blackhawks have not lost while playing “Hockey” in 21 games this year.

      The amazing stat that is getting no play. The blackhawks are 31-2-7 (i haven’t looked it up myself) with Johnny Oduya in the lineup since he was acquired from the Jets last year! Now to me, that says less about JO and more about how much longer than this streak that the Blackhawks have been dominating.

      BUT, as we all know, run into a hot goalie in the playoffs……….or Mike Smith…….and you’re toast.

  12. orangandblack - Mar 2, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    I hate this team, but…wow, they’re good

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