The Blackhawks kept downplaying all the record talk. It was more fodder, more of a talking point for we media folk than it was for them.
But once they set a new NHL record on Friday, they had to admit: they enjoyed it a little.
Brandon Saad’s short-handed goal proved to be the game-winner, and Ray Emery stopped 26-of-27 shots as the Blackhawks beat the San Jose Sharks 2-1 at the United Center on Friday night. The Blackhawks established a new league record, 17 consecutive games without a regulation loss to start the season. The 17-game streak was also a franchise record for longest overall point streak in a season.