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Though it hasn't always been easy, the Chicago Blackhawks are finding ways to win while keeping their season-opening point streak intact.
The visiting Blackhawks expect another serious challenge when they look for a ninth straight victory by continuing their recent success against the surging archrival Detroit Red Wings on Sunday.
While Chicago (18-0-3) is 21-0-6 since losing 6-1 at home to Nashville on March 25, it's often had to work hard to maintain its record-setting start without a regulation loss in 2013. One night after rolling to a 3-0 win at St. Louis, the Blackhawks overcame a pair of one-goal deficits and a blown third-period lead before Brent Seabrook's goal gave them a 4-3 overtime win over lowly Columbus on Friday.
"We were down early in this game," said forward Bryan Bickell, who has a goal and two assists in four games. "It shows the character in this room to come back. It's been fun. We're just having a blast right now.''
Chicago's enjoyment has come from a confidence that continues to grow while believing it can prevail no matter how challenging the situation. The Blackhawks, who average 3.2 goals and yield 1.9, are 11-0-3 in one-goal games.
"You get that swagger and confidence when you're on a streak like this," said forward Viktor Stalberg, who has three goals with an assist in five games. "You have confidence you'll find a way to get it done.''
With that attitude in tow, the Blackhawks face their biggest rival looking to win nine straight for the first time since Dec. 7-28, 2008. Chicago is 13-0-4 on the road since losing 5-1 at St. Louis on March 6, and in the midst of a 7-0-1 stretch at Detroit.
Chicago has won four straight and nine of 13 overall against the Red Wings (10-8-3), but the last eight have been decided by a goal. Defenseman Nick Leddy scored 2:45 into overtime for a 2-1 home win over Detroit on Jan. 27.
Corey Crawford is among the NHL leaders at 9-0-3 with a 1.46 goals-against average, and could start for the Blackhawks after playing one period Thursday before leaving with an upper-body injury. He was between the pipes in this season's first meeting, and is 4-0-1 with a 1.94 GAA at Joe Louis Arena the last two seasons.
Jimmy Howard will be back in the Detroit net after Jonas Gustavsson made 25 saves in Thursday's 2-1 shootout win at San Jose. Rookie Damien Brunner had the lone shootout goal to lead the Red Wings to their third win in four games following an 0-3-2 stretch.
"This is the best our team has looked all year, not necessarily the way we've played, the way we've looked," coach Mike Babcock said after his team improved to 4-4-3 in one-goal games.
The Red Wings have allowed 1.5 goals in the last four after yielding 3.8 in the previous five.
They prevailed Thursday despite failing on two power-play chances to fall to 0 for 33 on the road. Detroit is 3 for 23 with the man advantage in the last eight versus Chicago at Joe Louis Arena, but ranks among the NHL leaders converting 24.6 percent of those opportunities at home this season. The Red Wings are 4 of 7 in the last two at there.
The Blackhawks are killing 94.7 percent of their penalties on the road.
Johan Franzen, who scored Detroit's goal at Chicago, does not have a point during a five-game stretch that was interrupted when he missed seven with a hip flexor.
Howard is 0-1-2 in his last four starts against the Blackhawks, but has a 2.04 GAA.
Chicago center Dave Bolland could miss a fifth straight game reportedly with a concussion.
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The Chicago Blackhawks are straight spitting fire right now as they are 17-0-3 in their first 20 games. Dare I say that they’ve been damn near “perfect” as they’ve earned a point in every game that they’ve played so far. Up until now there has only been one athlete that has been able to carry the moniker of “perfect”. This guy could throw 50 yard passes to himself...
The Chicago Blackhawks record setting streak runs to 22! The Blackhawks record for points starting a season is there’s and there’s alone now with the overall points streak in sight now. With a 2-1 road shootout win over the hated Detroit Red Wings, they’re now 19-0-3 on the young season. Actually, it’s not so young anymore, almost halfway through and no losses? AMAZING. Patrick...
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Jonathan Toews carried the puck down left wing and dished a cross-ice pass to Seabrook, who fired in a shot from the right circle before goalie Steve Mason could slide...
DETROIT (AP) -- The Chicago Blackhawks have extended their NHL-record, season-opening points streak to 22 games.
Patrick Kane scored the tying goal on a power play with 2:02 left in regulation and had the only goal in a shootout, lifting Chicago to a 2-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday.
Corey Crawford was perfect in the shootout and finished with 32 saves.
DETROIT As far as statement games go, the Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks basically said the same things they've been saying all season.
For the Wings, they showed they're still a work in progress.
For the Blackhawks, they showed they're a cohesive group clicking on all cylinders.
The Blackhawks came into the game on a record-setting points pace to open the...
The Detroit Red Wings will face off against the Chicago Blackhawks in less than an hour (12:30 PM EST, NBC, NHL Network Canada/97.1 FM), and the Hawks waited until this morning to announce their starting goaltender, as noted by the Chicago Tribune's Chris Kuc:
Corey Crawford returns in goal for the Chicago Blackhawks as they face the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena...
It's the streak that will not die...
Even if the Columbus Blue Jackets had anything to do with it...
CBJ took the Blackhawks to free hockey before dropping a 4-3 decision- and all that does is take the unbeaten streak (or the mother of all unbeaten streaks) to 21 at 18-0-3...
And, now Hawks fans can thank Brent Seabrook at the end of the highlights...
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You can liken Jonathan Toews' brief absence from the ice and the bench during last night's game to Clark Kent entering a phone booth.
He emerged as Superman, saving his heroics for overtime, where he turnstiled Adrian Aucoin then fed a brilliant no-look pass onto Brent Seabrook's tape for the tap-in game winner.
18-0-3. The streak continues...