Great 2nd Period Helps Blackhawks Match NHL Record

CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

As a sports fan, the moments to remember are when you watch something occur that may never happen again.

On Tuesday night the Blackhawks equaled a NHL record after completing their 16th game of the season without suffering a regulation loss. For what it is worth the Hawks have also accumulated one more point than the Anaheim Ducks recorded when they set the record back in 2006. Out of a possible 32 points available in 16 games, Chicago has captured an amazing total of 29 points after defeating the Vancouver Canucks 4-3 in shootout.

Blackhawk fans need to let this accomplishment soak in for awhile.

Tying this record won’t get as much media coverage as it should. There will be those who will quickly say it isn’t an unbeaten streak because the Hawks have lost three games in a shootout. The above two statements are true, but to begin a season at such a high level seldom happens. You could watch hockey for another 50 years and the Blackhawks may never come close to having this start again.

This feat can’t be compared to winning the Stanley Cup but it ranks way up there.

Maybe the Hawks will finish the season as did the 2006-2007 Anaheim Ducks and win the Cup. There is still a lot of hockey to be played and injuries including concussions will play a role in determining who wins their last game. For now, without question the Blackhawks are as their record indicates the best team in hockey.

There was something for everyone in this game.

It was a night that featured five failed breakaways in the first frame. There were great saves as well as a soft goal allowed by Ray Emery. There were good clean checks and others that have no place in the game. As is too often the case in the NHL the officials missed calls, but this game was still a treat to watch.

Marian Hossa proved in the second frame why he is one of the top all around players in the world.
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