March 4, 2013
The Detroit Red Wings pushed the Chicago Blackhawks – and their two impressive streaks – to the limit on Sunday, but Chicago managed a 2-1 shootout win.
They increased their NHL record point streak to start a season at 22 games and tied the 1977-78 Montreal Canadiens with their 28th game with at least one point (extending back to the end of last season) in the process. Let's get to the talking points:
Patrick Kane scored the game-tying goal and shootout winner. Where does he rank among the NHL's elite?
Some might be upset that a delay of game penalty opened the door for Kane to score on the power play. Does that over-the-glass automatic minor need to go or is it a necessary evil?
When's the last time you saw a better 2-1 game? Many said it and it's true: Sunday presented a real "playoff atmosphere."
Marian Hossa hit regular season game 1,000. How many do you expect him to finish with?
Can Chicago catch the 1979-80 Philadelphia Flyers at 35 consecutive games with at least one point? Which opponents represent the biggest threats?
Speaking of threats, should the 'Hawks cross their fingers that they don't draw Detroit in the playoffs? The Red Wings clearly gave them a challenge.