The talk of “the streak” went through the locker room on Sunday afternoon.
It was another victory, a tight 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings, another step closer to the matching – and perhaps besting – the 2006-07 Anaheim Ducks’ record of 16 games without a regulation loss to start the season. But when it came to the talk of that mark, the Blackhawks were turning deaf ears to it.
“What is it, 15 games into the season?” said captain Jonathan Toews, as the Blackhawks improved to 12-0-3. “What’s important to us is getting home ice advantage, making the playoffs. Once you get there, the real season starts. When you get there, nobody remembers these streaks at the start of the season.”
Well, the postseason certainly is the “real” season. But if and when the Blackhawks get there, and if they get one of those top seeds and home-ice advantage, it will be in large part because of this start.
Brent Seabrook, Toews and Patrick Sharp scored, and the Blackhawks withstood a furious Kings rally to keep their regulation loss-free streak alive on Sunday afternoon. No, it wasn’t pretty at the end; the Blackhawks took four penalties in the final 20 minutes, and the Kings turned two of them into power-play goals (Mike Richards on both). But eventually the Blackhawks did what they’ve done all season: they found a way.
“We had a great first 40 minutes, they got momentum off the power-play goal in the third and a great third period,” coach Joel Quenneville said. “We had a great 40, they had a great 20 and the clock ran out, which was nice.”
Hawks hold off Kings, inch closer to record
CSN Chicago | Feb 18