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Friday, February 22, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Hawks 2, Sharks 1

By Scott Powers

CHICAGO -- Here’s a quick look at the Chicago Blackhawks' record-setting 2-1 win over the San Jose Sharks at the United Center on Friday.

How it happened: The Blackhawks broke a 1-1 tie in the third period when Brandon Saad scored a shorthanded goal at 2:24. The Blackhawks’ penalty kill showed throughout Friday’s win why it’s been among the league’s best this season. The Blackhawks killed off all four of the Sharks’ power plays. Patrick Marleau gave the Sharks a 1-0 lead with a goal in the final minute of the opening period. Blackhawks winger Viktor Stalberg tied the game with a goal in the second period. Blackhawks goaltender Ray Emery made 26 saves and improved to 7-0-0 on the year.

Player of the game: Saad has scored just three career goals, but they have all been memorable. His shorthanded goal Friday proved to be the difference for the Blackhawks and helped them make history.

What it means: The Blackhawks set a new NHL record for consecutive games with a point to start a season as they extended their points streak to 17 games. They were previously tied with the 2006-07 Anaheim Ducks. The Blackhawks improved to 14-0-3 and a NHL-best 31 points.

What’s next: The Blackhawks continue their seven-game homestand with the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday. The Blackhawks have two games remaining on the homestand.