Published on February 26, 2013 | by Randy Brenzen

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Blackhawks continue magical run to start season

Chicago’s Patrick Sharp battles Pavel Datsyuk of the Detroit Red Wings in NHL action [Flickr: Rynjim]

Marian Hossa scored 1:44 into overtime to give the NHL leading Chicago Blackhawks a 3-2 over-time victory over the visiting Edmonton Oilers Monday night at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.

With the win the Blackhawks improve to 16-0-3 and have captured 35 of a possible 38 points so far this season.

That means they’ve recorded at least one point in each of their first 19 games, breaking the league record set in the 2006-07 season by the Anaheim Ducks, who went 12-0-4 and picked up a point in their first 16 games that season.

Their fast start has nearly everyone in the ice hockey world talking, but do the Blackhawks ever think about ‘The Streak’?  Winnipeg, Manitoba native and veteran Blackhawk forward Patrick Sharp can’t speak for everyone, but when it comes to himself he rarely, if ever, thinks about it.

“At least personally, I haven’t really sat back and thought of it game to game,” Sharp said, continuing “but it’s an amazing start that we’ve had.”

It really is amazing considering the season started late due to the NHL Lockout and that the Blackhawks, like the rest of the teams in the NHL, had very little time to prepare in training camp what with the rush to begin the season and all.

But watch the Blackhawks play and you see a team that has gelled perfectly.

The Blackhawks players also buy in to the game plan that head coach Joel Quenneville puts forward; a game plan that consists of tenacious pressure, both with and without the puck and dogged determination to earn the ‘W’.

“I like to be on the puck and the pressure game,” Quenneville said. “We’ve got some guys that have patience and presence with it. I think that tenacity is something that we wanted to make sure we took a little bit of as our identity to start the season.”

There is no question that the Blackhawks are a tenacious group and thanks to Quenneville and his coaching style they are top of the league and if they continue to play the way they are it’s going to take a herculean effort to beat them in regulation.

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