If there’s any team that’s thankful for this shortened season, it has to be the Chicago Blackhawks. After 22 games, nearly halfway through the season of only 48 games, they still have yet to lose in regulation time. On Sunday, it looked as though the Detroit Red Wings was going to be the team to snap their streak, but once again the Blackhawks made a play that keeps their winning streak now at 22.
Detroit held the lead for much of the game, slight as it was at just 1-0. But with just over two minutes left in regulation, Patrick Kane shot one past Detroit’s goaltender Jimmy Howard to tie the game. As long as they could keep the puck out of their net for another two minutes, they’d extend their streak to yet another game. OT wasn’t enough to decide this game though, and it ended in a shootout; but only after Patrick Kane put another one past Howard — the only goal that was scored during the shootout.
But is Chicago really just that good, or is this a freak lucky streak? Well, last year they played pretty well before getting beat out in the first round of the playoffs by the Phoenix Coyotes. Of course, they weren’t playing quite this well and as any hockey fan knows, playoffs are much different than anything seen in regular season.
After Sunday’s game Jimmy Howard stated that, “they’re finding different ways to do it every night.” And if they can continue to do so, they’ll continue their unprecedented streak and continue to prove that to impress even the most cynical, and prove that they really are just that good.