Blackhawks set record for best start to season

Sat Feb 23, 2013 1:40am EST
 

(Reuters) - The Chicago Blackhawks set a National Hockey League record for the best start to a season when they scored a point in a 17th consecutive game by defeating the San Jose Sharks 2-1 on Friday.

Rookie Brandon Saad's short-handed third-period goal delivered the game-winner as the Blackhawks (14-0-3) remained undefeated in regulation play this season.

"I just took him (Sharks defenseman Brent Burns) wide and tried to get a shot off and luckily I beat him (goalie Antti Niemi) to the glove side," Saad told reporters.

"It's nice to make history."

The Anaheim Ducks set the previous record of 16 straight games with a point to open the 2006-07 season. Chicago tied that mark in a win on Tuesday. All three Chicago losses have come in shootouts.

"It's kind of crazy to think you're not going to lose a game in regulation for the first 17 games," said Viktor Stalberg, who scored the Blackhawks' first goal.

"It's a cool thing to be a part of."

The Blackhawks have not lost a regular season game in regulation since March 25, 2012, a run of 23 games.

Saad rifled a shot past Niemi on the glove side 2:24 into the third as league-leading Chicago won its fourth game in a row.   Continued...

 
Chicago Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa (81), Jonathan Toews (19) and defenseman Johnny Oduya (27) celebrate with goalie Ray Emery (30) after their NHL hockey game against the San Jose Sharks in Chicago, February 22, 2013. The Blackhawks won the game 2-1 to set an all-time record for the most wins to start a season without losing a game. REUTERS/Jeff Haynes