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Blackhawks win…again; extend historical streak

Mar 6, 2013, 11:06 PM EDT

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The Chicago Blackhawks hit the midway point of their truncated 2013 season on Wednesday.

They have still yet to lose in regulation, 24 games into their schedule. On Wednesday, they defeated the Colorado Avalanche 3-2, thanks to a goal from Dan Carcillo with 50 seconds remaining in the third period. Earlier in the period, Jonathan Toews scored short-handed to tie the game at 2-2.

That’s now 11 wins in a row, in case people have started to lose count. The Blackhawks’ undefeated streak dating back to last March is now at 30 games, and closing in on the NHL record of 35 games without a regulation loss held by the Philadelphia Flyers from 1979-80.

Chicago’s record now stands at 21-0-3.

And they defeated the Avalanche without the services of 34-year-old winger Marian Hossa, who was scratched from the line-up with an upper-body injury.

Prior to Wednesday’s game, Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville appeared on the Dan Patrick Show to talk about his team’s current streak and everything it encompasses.

There is even a debate about which streak – the Blackhawks’ now 24 games without a regulation loss to begin the season or the NBA’s Miami Heat’s 15 wins in a row – is better. Again, we ask: ‘Hawks or Heat: Who ya got?

  1. amehta256 - Mar 6, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    Hawks streak without a doubt is more impressive because in the NHL on an given night anyone can win as there is so much parity. San Antonio just won a 17-18 in a row, clippers won 18 in a row earlier on so it just shows that this is not uncommon in the NBA.

    • jimw81 - Mar 6, 2013 at 11:15 PM

      Blackhawks have 3 losses. Not the same unbeaten streak.

      • esracerx46 - Mar 6, 2013 at 11:20 PM

        Sigh…. so if instead of going into overtime how about NBA games decide the winner by a jump ball? Or a three point competition? Or how about a slam dunk contest?

      • chanceoffleury1 - Mar 6, 2013 at 11:44 PM

        And the Heat don’t even have the longest winning streak of the current season, let alone history of the NBA. Take a lap….

      • comeonnowguys - Mar 7, 2013 at 9:34 AM

        It doesn’t matter how many times–or on how many thread–you say this, you are wrong every time.

        Get the memo.

    • esracerx46 - Mar 6, 2013 at 11:16 PM

      In the NHL on any given night 1 player can have a bad night and you can lose by 4 or 5. That being a goalie. Cant say 1 player can be the difference between a blowout and a win because of how 1 player does in any other sport.

      • boukengreen - Mar 7, 2013 at 3:37 AM

        Cant say 1 player can be the difference between a blowout and a win because of how 1 player does in any other sport


      • somepeopleskidz - Mar 7, 2013 at 4:03 AM


      • esracerx46 - Mar 7, 2013 at 8:27 AM

        Except Lacrosse but its still a goalie nonetheless. As far as football and quarterbacks, we have seen time and again a team can get by with a bad quarterback. Theirs other ways to score be it running the ball or field goal or turnover. A good quarterback is important, but a good goalie has more to do with a win or loss.

  2. esracerx46 - Mar 6, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    As a hawks fan I dont count last year. But they are closing in on the all time win streak. Everybody else that feels how i do regarding last years 6 game streak….would it count if the hawks completely missed the playoffs and didnt lose those games to Phoenix?

    • somepeopleskidz - Mar 7, 2013 at 4:22 AM

      All time NHL win streak= 17 games, Penguins. All time point streak single season= 35 games, Flyers. Naturally you shouldn’t count last year, because by that rationale you would have to consider playoff games, where they might have taken a regulation loss (even though no points are awarded, a regulation loss is still a regulation loss, thereby ending a streak). Sorry I had to say that, my buddy is a huge Hawks fan and thinks last year should count. All things considered, they are definitely playing incredible hockey. Reminds me of that hockey commercial from last year/year before where they show Flyers having an undefeated season, and they all grow beards in honor of the streak, and a headline read “Beard gets assist” This Hawks streak might be the closest thing we ever see to that effect…

      • somepeopleskidz - Mar 7, 2013 at 4:40 AM

        *and by point streak, I mean to say that by today’s standard the Flyers tied games (10 total) would have been rewarded with at least a point.

      • comeonnowguys - Mar 7, 2013 at 9:26 AM

        Playoffs are rarely counted in streaks that span seasons. This really is nothing new.

  3. chuckyd317 - Mar 6, 2013 at 11:23 PM

    It’s not an unbeaten streak, it’s an unbeaten in regulation streak… everyone knows that. Regardless of the 3 SO losses which is nothing more than a technicality, this streak is incredible… I am an Avalanche fan and I completely respect what Chicago has going here. It could be Detroit and I would still have to respect it and what it does for the league. Simple minded fans who put on blinders because its not their team are not hockey fans at all…

    • esracerx46 - Mar 6, 2013 at 11:37 PM

      But, since it is my team ( I dont own them for the smart asses out there) it just makes it all the better! :) Both teams looked gassed with 5 minutes left. See you guys friday! And they are on an unbeaten streak….11 games with a W.

    • martyb30 - Mar 6, 2013 at 11:48 PM

      This streak is an unbeaten in regulation streak either. This streak takes into account that they haven’t lost in regulation OR overtime. (Considering the fact that in the old days there was no charity point for losing in OT, only staying tied after OT, i.e going to the shootout under the curent rules.)

      • martyb30 - Mar 6, 2013 at 11:49 PM

        *isn’t* an unbeaten

  4. nothanksimdriving123 - Mar 6, 2013 at 11:42 PM

    Yeah, it’s a short season, but this streak to “start” the season is now HALF the season! Wow.

    • esracerx46 - Mar 6, 2013 at 11:54 PM

      Wonder what the highest point percentage is….assuming itd be that Flyers team

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Mar 7, 2013 at 12:44 AM

        No, the 1976-77 Habs lost only 8 of 80 for an .825 pctg.

      • comeonnowguys - Mar 7, 2013 at 9:37 AM

        Wow. Crazy.

        (And hello to the Flyers or Bruins fan that thumbed down the simple citing of a fact.)

  5. broadstbully33 - Mar 7, 2013 at 12:16 AM

    It’s not historical till it gets to 35…

    • esracerx46 - Mar 7, 2013 at 12:26 AM

      No i already is….seeing as theyve blown the previous best start out of the water by 8 games. Flyers fan…..ahh…says it all.

      • manchestermiracle - Mar 7, 2013 at 12:32 AM

        Not a Flyers fan, but the ’79-’80 team went 35 without a loss.

      • comeonnowguys - Mar 7, 2013 at 9:27 AM

        Are you correcting him, or are you playing the “OTL” card?

      • tbeilfuss - Mar 7, 2013 at 10:00 AM

        The Flyers also didnt have Overtime of any kind…….so the point streak can be compared because the Flyers never played past 60 minutes and the Hawks record is points after 60 minutes……..are we really still debating the OTL nonsense?? Is it difficult to understand that if we used the 1980 points model (the only one that can be used to compare)…….. the Blackhawks have 24/30 in a row………

        Wait, is Stephan A Smith posting on this page?

  6. sonofsamiam - Mar 7, 2013 at 4:07 AM


  7. LampyB - Mar 7, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    You cannot count games last season. The record is within a single season, it’s clear as day on this.

    • tbeilfuss - Mar 7, 2013 at 9:57 AM

      What you are referring to is a DIFFERENT streak…….That record you speak of is exactly what you said consecutive points in a single season.

  8. slade246 - Mar 7, 2013 at 12:02 PM

    Reblogged this on slade246's Blog and commented:
    What a strict

  9. steelers4385 - Mar 7, 2013 at 5:35 PM


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