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Blackhawks not happy about loss, proud of historic streak

Mar 9, 2013, 2:10 AM EDT

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Since Jan. 19, the Chicago Blackhawks took hockey fans not just in the Windy City but in all parts of the world on an extraordinary ride following the lockout.

On Friday, that ride that saw the Blackhawks go 24 games to begin the season without a regulation loss and a franchise best 11-game winning streak, came to an end with a 6-2 loss to the Colorado Avalanche.

Dating back to last March, the Blackhawks had actually gone 30 consecutive regular season games without a regulation defeat, making it the second longest streak of its kind in NHL history. The 1979-80 Philadelphia Flyers’ record of 35 games without a regulation loss remains intact.

“We’re not happy we didn’t get two points but we’re certainly proud of the start we had,” defenseman Duncan Keith told the Chicago Tribune.

“It wasn’t easy playing that many games in a short period of time and doing what we did. We’re proud of it but it will be nice to move on now and look forward to Sunday’s game.”

The Blackhawks are now on a modest one-game losing skid, although they still lead the league with a 21-1-3 record and 45 points.

Behind the Blackhawks in the Western Conference standings are the Anaheim Ducks, winners tonight against Calgary.

The Blackhawks lead the Ducks – currently with an impressive 17-3-3 record – by eight points.

“We should be very proud of what we accomplished,” Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville told the Chicago Daily Herald.

“It was a great accomplishment from start to finish. We found some different ways to win night in and night out. Everybody contributed to something that hadn’t been done.”

  1. pastabelly - Mar 9, 2013 at 6:24 AM

    Did they peak too early? I am not so sure that they are better than so many of the other really good teams like Boston or Anaheim.

  2. thehighcountrybear - Mar 9, 2013 at 7:15 AM

    The battle was over at the Blackhawks’ last stand
    And Chelsea Dagger was sounding for all the brave men
    That was one star-filled roster, reaching for the peak
    Chicago’s great Blackhawks nearly topped old Philly’s streak
    Chicago you fought hard Blackhawks you tried
    You’re all great players so hold your heads up high
    For even the greatest sometimes must fall Chicago’s famed Blackhawks you gave your all

    Though your streak’s gone silent your deeds do speak loud
    All of hockey’s fans did see you and you know we’re all proud

    The symbol of courage in that friendless Colorado town
    Good old Chicago your battle scarred and down

    Chicago you fought hard…

  3. hockeydon10 - Mar 9, 2013 at 7:21 AM


  4. rockthered1286 - Mar 9, 2013 at 8:22 AM

    While I am in no way, shape or form a Hawks fan in the least, I will say this was EXACTLY what the NHL needed after that lengthy lockout. A great story generating national attention.

  5. Plumber 65 - Mar 9, 2013 at 8:37 AM

    It was time to come down and the avs did a hell of a job of bringing them them down hard.

  6. Plumber 65 - Mar 9, 2013 at 8:42 AM

    Since they are to going to be seeing each other in the future a lot its only right that the avs stop the streak. Gotta start the rivalry

  7. shwoogy1 - Mar 9, 2013 at 9:29 AM

    It was going to happen at some point. I’m actually happy they lost so they can really focus on the final half of the season and playoffs.

  8. puckmepuckyou - Mar 9, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    Great streak. Real good for hockey but the league was rebounding on it’s own. All attendance is up all TV ratings are up and beer prices are up too. Streak or no streak hockey fans want hockey! Still congrats to Chicago for making it on a great run.

  9. dadawg77 - Mar 9, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    Well now there is only streak that matters for the Hawks, finishing the season with at least a one game winning streak.

  10. comeonnowguys - Mar 9, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    Fun while it lasted. At least now not Coach Q can start managing minutes and rest without worrying about making “that move” that killed a streak.

  11. sjsharks66 - Mar 9, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    The only thing i hated about the streak were all the new hawks fans. People who never watch hockey talking to me about how the hawks are going to win the cup, how they are the greatest team in nhl history blah blah. Glad it is finally over.

    Great streak hawks! Impressive.

    • comeonnowguys - Mar 9, 2013 at 12:52 PM

      Personally, I’ve got no problem with the ones who stick around (and I’m not sure you’ll see them here. Avoid the Bristol Boo-Yas’ site :)).

      If this is what it takes to get more people into them, then all right. Especially after the 15 years or so the team spent seemingly trying to drive fans away before Dollar Bill passed on. The more the merrier.

    • tbeilfuss - Mar 10, 2013 at 4:23 PM

      Because is the SJS were on that streak (hahahaha) you wouldnt be screaming they were teh greatest of all time? I call Bull. You realize that it is that mentality is the reason the NHL is at best 4th in pro sports……just shut the front door and worry about yourself.

      Do you think fans of the NFL/MLB/NBA say “whaaaaaaaa, i hate all these new fans now that my team is winning whaaaaaaa”

      No, only hockey fans……….the stupid hockey fans. You want the sport to stay tribal and get treated like a step-child by the american media/networks? Then fine keep turning away new fans, but 30 owners and 100’s of players would prefer you shut up. Keep your elitist attitude to yourself.

  12. in1chuck1we1trust - Mar 9, 2013 at 4:24 PM


  13. pwilson264 - Mar 9, 2013 at 4:55 PM

    hey can the hawks demonstrate to the rangers how it’s done. lol, nice run hawks

  14. LampyB - Mar 9, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    If the streak drew new nhl fans thats awesome to see the sport grow. Every league has bandwagon fans get over it.

    Go Avs!!

  15. bhawk729 - Mar 10, 2013 at 2:54 PM

    Great streak. Now let’s start another. Hats off to the Avs on ending it. They showed they wanted it more

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