The Chicago Blackhawks defeated Los Angeles 3-2 in a Sunday matinee game in front of 21,843. That was the largest crowd this year but a new season high total may take place this week. The Blackhawks regulation unbeaten streak has stretched to 15 and with a successful outing on Tuesday versus the Vancouver Canucks they will tie the NHL record.
This victory came about as a result of a fast start and a fine performance by goalie Ray Emery which enabled the Hawks to hang on.
Maybe it was a lapse in concentration which led to some penalties and two King power play goals in the final frame. Possibly the Hawks sat back and were too content which allowed the LA offense to come alive. Or maybe we are starting to expect this team to be too perfect. In the end, the Blackhawks outplayed the defending Stanley Cup Champions for most of the afternoon and deserved the win.
Even the most pessimistic Hawk followers have to admit this group has played extremely well. The only question remaining is how long can they keep performing at such a high level. Now that they have come within one game of equaling the Anaheim Ducks unbeaten record from 2006, my hope is the Hawks can accomplish the rest of the mission.
Even though the scoring system in the NHL is of the made for TV variety, designed to give the illusion of parity, tying this record is a great accomplishment. It is also interesting as the schedule has it, the next two challengers are the Canucks and Sharks. There is no love lost between the Blackhawks and either upcoming opponent.
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