NHL: Chicago secure point in 17th straight game to enter record books

Last Updated: 23/02/13 12:20pm

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More celebrations for the Chicago Blackhawks

More celebrations for the Chicago Blackhawks

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The Chicago Blackhawks secured their place in the NHL record books with a 2-1 win over the San Jose Sharks on Friday night.

Brandon Saad's short-handed third-period goal won the game for the league leading-Blackhawks and they became the first team ever to secure at least a point in 17 games to start a season.

The Anaheim Ducks set the previous record of 16 straight games with a point to open the 2006-7 season, a mark that Chicago tied on Tuesday - their three defeats this season have all been in penalty shoot-outs.

They have not lost a regular season game in regulation since March 25, a run of 23 games, which Saad was delighted to continue when he fired past Antti Niemi 2:24 into the final period.

Patrick Marleau gave the Sharks a first-period lead but Viktor Stalberg levelled the scores 16:40 into the second after the Blackhawks spent long spells knocking at the door.

Pittsburgh also came back from an early deficit to win, Chris Kunitz, Matt Niskanen and Dustin Jeffrey scoring to see them past Florida 3-1.

And Roberto Luongo was in fine form for the Vancouver Canucks, making 23 saves for a shutout as they beat Nashville 1-0.

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