Chicago Blackhawks: Niklas Hjal
February, 23, 2013
By Scott Powers
CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks will enjoy Friday night the fact they set a new NHL record by registering a point in their first 17 games of the season.
They might even savor it some on Saturday because they have the day off.
But come Sunday when they play their next game, the Blackhawks plan to cease their celebration and return to the mentality that was key to them building their current 14-0-3 record.
“We’re taking one game at a time,” Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson said following Friday’s 2-1 win over the San Jose Sharks. “I know it’s a boring cliché, but it’s actually how it is. It’s fun to break a record and be in the history books, but the big thing is the two points. As long as we can get points in the games here, we’re going to set ourselves up for the playoffs.
“I don’t think we’re in the playoffs yet. We got to keep winning games. I don’t think anyone is satisfied in here. We just got to keep playing as we are and keep believing in ourselves.”