Blackhawks Unbelievable Streak Comes to an End

Photo Credit: Scott Audette/ Getty Images

Photo Credit: Scott Audette/ Getty Images

The Chicago Blackhawks accomplished a goal that has never been done in franchise history, winning 12 consecutive games during a regular season.

Chicago had an opportunity to extend their franchise record winning streak to 13 games, but fell short losing their first game in 2016 to the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1.

During their record setting run, we the fans saw great accomplishments that this team achieved.

In particular, my favorite accomplishment the Blackhawks achieved during their hot streak was that they got themselves back in first place in the Central Division and Western Conference.

Going back to December, Chicago began their winning streak in Arizona when they took care of the Coyotes 7-5.

Before they won that game, Chicago found themselves in fourth place in the Central Division with 44 points. They trailed the Dallas Stars, St. Louis Blues and Minnesota Wild, according to NHL.com. They also did not find themselves holding a top spot in the Western Conference. Instead, they were holding Wild Card spot in the Western Conference.

Fast-forward 12 games later and you see a difference in the standings. Chicago now holds the top spot in the Western Conference surpassing the Minnesota Wild, St. Louis Blues and Dallas Stars. Dallas, who was the top team in the Western Conference on December 29th with 57 points, now sits behind the Blackhawks with 63 points, according to NHL.com. During Chicago’s hot streak, Dallas fell completely apart. According to ESPN.com, Dallas has gone 2-6-2 during their last 10 games.

Besides the Blackhawks taking the top spot in the Western Conference after their historic run, one Blackhawks player became the first NHL player this season to score 30 goals. That being Patrick Kane, the NHL’s front runner for MVP.

During their win in Nashville, Kane scored his 30th goal on the season and tallied his 41st assist to lead the league in total points with 71, according to ESPN.com.

Patrick Kane was phenomenal during the Blackhawks winning streak, but he has been the Blackhawks best and most consistent player this season. Kane has never put up more than 30 goals in his entire career with the Blackhawks and he accomplished that achievement five games before the all-star break. Putting up a monster first half for the Blackhawks, Kane is projected to finish the season with 50 goals, 69 assists and 119 points, according to ESPN.com. Kane has never tallied over 90 points ever in his career. Kane also put up a hat trick scoring three goals in their win against the Toronto Maple Leafs. It was the first time in his career he had a hat trick during the regular season.

In addition to the fantastic play of Patrick Kane, Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford deserves most of the credit for the Blackhawks streak. During their 12 game winning streak, Crawford played in nine of those games. Crawford made incredible saves that kept the Blackhawks alive in close games. The worst game Crawford had during the streak came in the first game when he gave up five goals to the Coyotes. However, he had his best game against the Ottawa Senators when he shut them out.

In spite of the greatness we saw with Kane and Crawford during the team’s winning steak, other members of the team began to pick up their game. Marian Hossa, who has been struggling all season long, showed signs of brilliance during a couple of their games. Andrew Shaw had a terrific game against the Predators last week when he scored two goals. Lastly, Jonathan Toews, who is having a disappointing season but an all-star this year, began to pick his game up scoring goals in a couple of games.

Even though the Tampa Bay Lightning ended the Blackhawks franchise record for consecutive wins, it would not surprise me to see the Blackhawks go on another winning streak. This team seems to have found their rhythm along with their team chemistry and it looks like this team has all the making in another run at the Stanley Cup.

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