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Records keep falling for Blackhawks

3/6/2013
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CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks are rewriting their record book by the day now.

The Blackhawks had already broken the franchise record for consecutive games with a point to start a season (now at 23 games) and overall points streak (now 29 games dating back to last season). And with Tuesday’s 5-3 win over the Minnesota Wild, the Blackhawks also set a new franchise record with their 10th consecutive victory.

Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews had to search for adjectives to describe the team’s latest feat.

“I’m running out of words to say here,” Toews said. “I don’t know how many ways I can describe this 10-game winning streak. It’s exciting. We’re having fun.”



How the Blackhawks accomplished their 10th consecutive victory was a lot like how they compiled the first nine. The Blackhawks received contributions from up and down their lineup.

Eleven Blackhawks recorded a point on their five goals against the Wild. Bryan Bickell scored twice. Marian Hossa, Patrick Kane and Brandon Saad each scored once. Patrick Sharp, Dave Bolland, Toews, Marcus Kruger, Andrew Shaw, Viktor Stalberg and Niklas Hjalmarsson each had an assist.

“Commend the guys, they’ve been doing it,” Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said of the winning streak. “They’ve been game in, game out bringing it. The consistency of our team game has been in place. Finding ways to win each and every night whether it’s one line, whether it’s the whole group, somebody jumps up and contributes a little bit more. Nobody wants to let each other down and keeps pushing each other in the right way.”

Toews believes the Blackhawks’ winning streak stems from their mindset after they returned home following a six-game, 13-day road trip earlier this season. They lost the first game back in a shootout to the Anaheim Ducks and won their next 10 games, which has included eight home wins, two road wins and seven one-goal victories.

“When we came off that long road trip, we wanted to make sure there was no letdown,” Toews said. “We were going to carry that same mentality and the same work ethic at home, and we’ve done that the last couple weeks.

“It’s great to see that we can play that same style of game on the road and at home, especially here to take advantage of our fans. The energy they give us is huge for us as a team. It doesn’t matter where we are, who we’re playing against, it’s all about how we prepare and what we think and say in this locker room and what we do out there on the ice.”