Chicago Blackhawks Earn Best Start in NHL History After Win Over San Jose Sharks

By Dan Parzych
(Rob Grabowski/USA Today Sports)

It’s official–the Chicago Blackhawks are off to the best start in NHL history following their 2-1 win over the San Jose Sharks on Friday night.

Through 17 games, the Blackhawks have yet to lose a single game as they improved to 14-0-3 on the season despite trailing 1-0 after the first period. Viktor Stalberg tied it up in the second period with a beautiful wrist shot before Brandon Shaad scored what turned out to be the game-winner later in the third period.

Chicago has found themselves in plenty of close games throughout the 2013 season and no matter how close it seems–they keep finding the most bizarre ways to come through when it matters the most. On top of their win over the Sharks on Friday, the Blackhawks came up big against the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday as they won a 4-3 shootout.

It’s crazy to think how close players and fans were to not having a season this year and no team is more thankful than the Blackhawks now that they’ve officially made a name for themselves in NHL history. Everybody knew they would be one of the top teams in the Western Conference heading into the regular season, but nobody could have expected them to get off to this type of start.

Imagine if they keep this hot streak up over the rest of the regular season and it’s safe to say nobody may be able to beat them come playoff time. Of course, there’s still plenty of time left in the regular season–so let’s take it one game at a time for now.

Either way, it’s still amazing to see the Blackhawks make history–shortened season or not.

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