Hawks hope to keep streak going
November, 17, 2011
By Jesse Rogers
CALGARY -- Just how impressive is the Chicago Blackhawks' current four-game winning streak? Considering this is just the fifth time since 1974 the Hawks have won this many games in a row by three goals or more it’s pretty impressive.
The last time they achieved the feat was in their championship year from Dec. 31, 2009 to Jan. 7, 2010. That streak lasted five games. Before that it had been 14 years since they beat four teams in a row by three goals or more. And they’re nearly halfway to the league record of nine straight wins by three or more goals achieved by the Boston Bruins in 1971, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
“When you’re riding these streaks you want to keep them going,” Patrick Kane said after practice Thursday. “Everyone in the lineup is contributing right now. We seem to be scoring a lot of goals. We’re getting better right now.”
That’s the key. The Hawks are improving whereas in October they were just getting by and not necessarily taking steps forward.
“Even though we were winning [earlier] I never felt like we were blowing anyone out or had a game where it was really in hand where we were happy about it,” Kane said. “Definitely a good roll to get on right now.”
On Thursday, Hawks’ players took off their skates after practice and walked over to the Saddledome in full uniform before changing into street clothes.