Hot Streak in the Windy City

Kaylee Oh, Staff Writer

The Chicago Blackhawks have continued to make NHL history with their recent win against the Detroit Redwings. The win extended their streak to 22 straight fames without a loss in regulation. With the season shortened due to the lock-out that lasted from September 15th, 2012 until early January 2013, the Blackhawks are almost certainly seated for a spot in the playoffs.

In their opening game of the season, Chicago played Los Angeles Kings, defending Stanley Cup champions, on the road, and won 5-2. They went back home where they beat the Kings again, which gave them their “hot start” and the confidence to continue the season on a high note. The Blackhawks have 4 wins in overtime and 3 wins and 3 ties in games ending in shootouts. The Blackhawks currently have a record of 19-0-3.

Patrick Kane, who started playing with the Blackhawks as a rookie in the 2007-2008 season after being the number one pick in the draft, has been an important part of this highly coveted streak. Kane has been a star since his rookie season, where he scored 21 goals and 72 points. He was awarded with the Calder Award and named the NHL’s Rookie of the year. In these first 22 games of the 2012-2013 season, Kane has scored 11 goals and assisted 15 times.

“I know we’re not going to go unbeaten,” Blackhawks’ goalie Ray Emery said. “It’s kind of cool to be mentioned in history, but we’ve just got to continue to play well.” Emery made 19 saves on March 1st om the team’s 4-3 overtime win against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The Blackhawks will take on the Minnesota Wild on March 5th, 2013 at 8:30 P.M..