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Toews discusses what Blackhawks historic streak means

Mar 5, 2013, 9:05 AM EDT

Fans cheer after Jonathan Toews #19 of the Chicago Blackhawks scores a goal in a shootout against the Anaheim Ducks at the United Center on February 12, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. The Ducks defeated the Blackhawks 3-2 in a shootout.
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The Chicago Blackhawks have earned a point in 22 straight games to start the season. That accounts for nearly half of the shortened campaign, but even ignoring that, Chicago has still crushed the 2006-07 Anaheim Ducks previous record of 16 consecutive contests without a regulation loss to open a season.

That kind of streak requires everyone pulling their weight and the will to continue to battle regardless of the situation.

“We’ll win any way we can,” captain Jonathan Toews said on Comcast SportsNet via a CSN Chicago report. “It’s great that we can win whether we’re down a goal or two going into the third period. If we get up on a team we’ve shown we can protect leads and kill big penalties.

“We’re showing a lot of depth. The fact that we’re getting great goaltending and we’re getting some huge, huge goals all over our lineup, I think it makes us a tough team to beat.”

Toews acknowledged that for a streak to continue this long, luck has to be on your side.

“But for the most part, we’re earning a lot of our success, we’re working hard,” Toews added.

The streak has helped all-but guarantee their entry into the playoffs, but once they’re there, it won’t count for much. President Trophy winners can fall while eighth seeds can win the Stanley Cup.

Still, Toews thinks this streak is about more than just collecting regular season points.

“This year, this whole streak thing could be the thing that gives us the confidence that we need to believe in ourselves, that we’re that type of team and we have that potential,” Toews said.

“It is an exciting thing, but we know that if we don’t use this confidence for something greater in the postseason, people will forget about what happened at the start of the season pretty quickly.”

If you want to see more of Toews SportsTalk Live interview, you can watch it below:

  1. polegojim - Mar 5, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    Toews is right – while the streak is impressive… the ‘season’ depends on how you finish.

    Nagging caution is… being hot now VS late. Teams prefer to get hot at seasons end and enter the playoffs on he rise, not to be coming down off of a high.

    Coach Q and Hawks leadership need to prep mind and heart of that locker room for the first few losses.

    The losses will come, which will be the true test of the Hawks grit. How they respond then is key.

    • yankeehawk - Mar 5, 2013 at 9:53 AM

      of course it’s better to be hot going into the playoffs..but wouldn’t you rather be hot and winning now,rather than be playing .500 hockey and wondering IF you will ever get hot ?

      • adambballn - Mar 5, 2013 at 12:07 PM

        And there’s something to be said about being hot at the beginning of the season. Remember the last few teams that previously held the record points streak at the beginning of the season won the Stanley Cup in that season as well. Ducks 2006 (16), Oilers 1984 (15), Canadians 1943 (14). It’s absolutely great to be able to finish a season strong but you have to be a heck of a good hockey team to be able to continue getting points night in and night out like the Blackhawks have.

      • polegojim - Mar 5, 2013 at 6:38 PM

        No Yank… but my point is – now that the record is set, I’d want to get that first loss behind me SOONER than later.

        The Hawks are an awesome team, but get to reality and recover now.

      • yankeehawk - Mar 6, 2013 at 10:40 AM

        sorry pole….totally disagree….ur making more out of this than the Hawks themselves……they’re having fun with it….they know they’ll lose eventually….

  2. heyzeus143 - Mar 5, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    First round exit

  3. slickvb82 - Mar 5, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    I love this team, playoff bound and should be dangerous. I am curious to see, however, if this is too early to peak. I would prefer to peak heading into the playoffs like LA did last year. Regardless, this team is damn good.

    The streak does end tonight, though!! GO WILD!!!!!

    • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Mar 5, 2013 at 11:48 AM

      Who says they’re peaking right now?

      • slickvb82 - Mar 5, 2013 at 12:59 PM

        Their 22 game win/point streak would say that! Ask any Wild fan, we were leading the league last year through November. Injuries and other issues came real quick and we fell out of contention.

      • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Mar 5, 2013 at 2:21 PM

        So it’s impossible for them to play any better than they are right now? I think most of the guys on the team, at least based on what I’ve heard out of them, would argue that.

      • slickvb82 - Mar 5, 2013 at 3:18 PM

        Did I say it would be “impossible”? I’m simply saying they are playing very well/in my opinion peaking right now. Sure, they could play better. They could also play worse, especially that goaltending that has been extremely sketchy in recent yrs.

      • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Mar 5, 2013 at 3:20 PM

        If you say they are currently peaking, then yes … you are saying it’s impossible for them to play better. That is the definition of peaking, is it not?

  4. r8rbhawk - Mar 5, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    Early in the 2010 season the Blackhawks trailed the Flames 5-0 and came back to win. That game gave the team confidence that they could battle back from any defecit.
    I think this streak will have the same effect. The Hawks believe that they can win any game. This isn’t so much peaking too soon, more like ever increasing confidence in themselves.

    • polegojim - Mar 5, 2013 at 6:40 PM

      Not true R8 – they don’t need any more confidence.

      They’re awesome! What they need is the reality check and response now.

  5. illogic87 - Mar 5, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    Wild were the first this year to give them an OTL. Maybe they will be the first to give them a reggy L tonight.

  6. mpg44 - Mar 5, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    Only things this streak shows is that they haven’t (and won’t ) play a team from the east .

    • r8rbhawk - Mar 5, 2013 at 11:18 AM

      Yeah, the east is pretty lucky they don’t have to face the Blackhawks during the regular season. We’ll see how the east’s best fares come the Stanley Cup Finals.

    • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Mar 5, 2013 at 11:48 AM

      That’s cute.

    • comeonnowguys - Mar 5, 2013 at 1:36 PM

      Man, the hunt for the “almighty asterisk” to tack onto this streak is certainly dogged.

      Misguided, but dogged.

      • comeonnowguys - Mar 5, 2013 at 1:37 PM

        The only asterisk that would belong there is “Did not win Cup.”

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