Joel Quenneville surveyed the media throng gathered around him after the Blackhawks' morning skate and marveled at the attention his team is receiving. "It's maybe multiplied by two," the coach said of the number of reporters and cameras surrounding him before the Hawks' 5-3 victory over the Wild before a crowd of 21,836 Tuesday night at the United Center. "It has been a fun start to our season. The guys are approaching each and every game as a new challenge. Our opponents every game have been excited about playing us as well. "Our four or five last games have been great games. We've been fortunate in some of them but I still like the way we've been playing." Quenneville likely remained more than pleased with the Hawks' effort as they ran the longest streak to start a season without a regulation loss in NHL history to 23 games and also set a Hawks franchise record with their 10th victory in a row. They also extended their string of games with at least one point dating to last season to 29 — second-most in league history. At 20-0-3, the Hawks have piled up 43 of a possible 46 points this season. Before the game, the organization honored Hossa for playing in his 1000th career NHL game Sunday against the Red Wings in Detroit with a pregame ceremony. The crowd chanted "Hossa, Hossa, Hossa" and perhaps sparked by that warm moment, the Hawks' offense exploded to put on quite a show. Bryan Bickell had two goals while Brandon Saad, Marian Hossa and Patrick Kane also scored. Jonathan Toews and Saad each had two assists as the Hawks raced to a big lead and goaltender Corey Crawford held it to improve to 10-0-3 on the season. Devin Setoguchi scored to put the Wild in front early on but it was nearly all Hawks after that as they chased starting goalie Niklas Backstrom in favor of Darcy Kuemper to start the second period.
Blackhawks streak reaches 23 with 5-3 victory over Wild
Chicago Tribune | Mar 6