Friday, February 22, 2013
Blackhawks' point streak breakdown
By Scott Powers
Nick Leddy and the Blackhawks set a season-starting record Friday, earning a point in their 17th straight game.
CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks set a new NHL record for the longest points streak to start a season as they extended their streak to 17 games with a 2-1 win over the San Jose Sharks on Friday.
Here’s a breakdown of how they reached the mark:
No. 1: 5-2 win vs. Los Angeles Kings, Jan. 19: The Blackhawks set the tone for the season in the opener and ruined the Kings’ Stanley Cup banner-raising ceremony by jumping out to a 3-0 lead in the first period. Marian Hossa scored two goals and dished out an assist in his first game back since suffering a head injury in the previous season’s playoffs.
No. 2: 6-4 win vs. the Phoenix Coyotes, Jan. 20: This is the only game this season in which the Blackhawks allowed more than three goals. The Blackhawks offense made up for the team’s defensive and goaltending struggles. The Blackhawks scored three times in the second period, and twice more in the third period for the victory. Hossa and Dave Bolland each scored twice.
No. 3: 3-2 win vs. St. Louis Blues, Jan. 22: The Blackhawks made their season debut at the United Center. The Blackhawks had a comfortable 3-0 lead, but barely held on for the win after allowing two third-period goals. Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford made 32 saves, including 14 in the third period, for the win.
No. 4: 3-2 win vs. Dallas Stars, Jan. 24: The Blackhawks faced their first true adversity of the season by falling behind 2-0 to the Stars in the second period. Patrick Sharp first cut the deficit to one in the second period, and Jonathan Toews evened the game with a third-period goal to force overtime. Hossa provided the overtime heroics when he scored his NHL-leading fifth goal. Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen made 38 saves in the loss.
No. 5: 3-2 win vs. Columbus Blue Jackets, Jan. 26: The Blackhawks matched the franchise’s best start to a season by improving to 5-0-0. The 1971-72 team also had the same start. The Blackhawks scored one goal in each period in the win. They killed off all five of the Blue Jackets’ power plays.
No. 6: 2-1 overtime win vs. Detroit Red Wings, Jan. 27: The Blackhawks set a franchise record by winning their sixth consecutive game to begin the season. Their penalty kill was dominant again and didn’t allow a goal on six Red Wings’ power plays. Crawford made 29 saves, and Nick Leddy provided the game-winner in overtime.
No. 7: 3-2 shootout loss vs. Minnesota Wild, Jan. 30: The Blackhawks came away with a point in their first of six consecutive road games, but they did suffer their first shootout loss of the season. The Blackhawks scored twice in the first period and didn’t score again. The Wild beat them 2-1 in the shootout.
No. 8: 2-1 shootout loss vs. Vancouver Canucks, Feb. 1: The Blackhawks were only able to take one point for the second consecutive game. The Canucks were leading 1-0 when Patrick Kane tied the game in the third period. The Canucks beat the Blackhawks 1-0 in the shootout.
No. 9: 3-2 shootout win vs. Calgary Flames, Feb. 2: The Blackhawks could have easily seen their points streak end here. The Flames went ahead 2-1 with 35 seconds left in the game. The Blackhawks pulled goaltender Ray Emery for another skater, and Hossa scored with 2.1 seconds left to tie the game. Emery owned this game. He made a career-high 45 saves and stopped all three shootout shots. Outside of Emery, the Blackhawks were out-played by the Flames, who had 24 shots in the third period. Kane scored the lone shootout goal.
No. 10: 5-3 win vs. San Jose Sharks, Feb. 5: The Blackhawks and Sharks provided one of the more entertaining first periods of the season. They each scored three goals for a six-goal first period, and most of them came in rapid fashion. They scored four goals within a 90-second span. The Blackhawks contained the Sharks after the first period, and Kane provided the difference with a goal in the second and third periods. Brandon Saad scored his first career goal in the win.
No. 11: 6-2 win vs. Phoenix Coyotes, Feb. 7: Hossa’s first game against Coyotes forward Raffi Torres since last year’s illegal hit drew all the press prior to the game. The game moved on after Blackhawks forward Jamal Mayers dropped the gloves with Torres in the first period. The Blackhawks followed up with four goals in the first period. Kane had two goals and one assist.
No. 12: 3-0 win vs. Nashville Predators, Feb. 10: The Blackhawks completed their six-game road trip with a 4-0-2 record. Crawford made 17 saves, and the Blackhawks recorded their first regular-season shutout since March 23, 2011. Blackhawks scored twice in the second period to decide the game. Kane scored his ninth goal of the season.
No. 13: 3-2 shootout loss vs. Anaheim Ducks, Feb. 12: The Blackhawks got a point, but they felt they allowed a regulation victory to slip away. The Blackhawks were leading 2-1 and allowed the Ducks to even the game with 2:40 left in the third period. They lost 2-1 in the shootout and dropped to 1-3 in shootouts. Crawford improved to 7-0-3 on the season.
No. 14: 4-1 win vs. San Jose Sharks, Feb. 15: Emery made the first of four consecutive starts for an injured Crawford. Emery made 27 saves, and the Blackhawks provided four goals from four different players to support him.
No. 15: 3-2 win vs. Los Angeles Kings, Feb. 17: The Blackhawks matched the second-longest points streak to start a season with their win. They did nearly have a late collapse again. They built a 3-0 lead and allowed two third-period goals. The Kings were also on a power play for the final 1:04. Sharp snapped a 10-game goalless drought for the game-winner.
No. 16: 4-3 shootout win vs. Vancouver Canucks, Feb. 19: The Blackhawks matched the 2006-07 Ducks with the longest points streak to begin a season. The Blackhawks were leading 3-1 headed into the third period, but the Canucks forced overtime with two goals in the final three minutes. Hossa left the game after taking a forearm to the back of the head by the Canucks’ Jannik Hansen, who was later suspended one game. Hossa scored twice in the game. The Blackhawks avenged their previous shootout loss to the Canucks by beating them 2-1 in the shootout. Emery had 29 saves and improved to 6-0-0 on the season.
No. 17: 2-1 win vs. San Jose Sharks, Feb. 22: The Blackhawks set a new NHL record for longest points streak to start a season with their win over the Sharks. They have recorded a point in their first 17 games and have a 14-0-3 record. Saad broke a 1-1 tie with a short-handed goal in the third period. The Blackhawks killed off all four Sharks’ power plays.