The Chicago Blackhawks saw an impressively lengthy streak come to an end Sunday night in Nashville.
No, it wasn't their regulation unbeaten streak, which was at 11 games coming into the tilt versus the Predators, and reached 12 games after a 3-0 win. The answer lies in the goals against column, which remained at zero for the first time in 630 days.
Prior to blanking the Predators, you had to go back two seasons to find the Blackhawks' last shutout, a 5-0 rout of the Vancouver Canucks on April 21, 2011. (And if you aren't counting playoffs, it reached even further back, to March 23 of that year.) It was long enough for the launch of Did The Blackhawks Get A Shutout?, inspired by the site that tracked Scott Gomez's goalless drought last season.
The site finally got its chance to answer in the affirmative Sunday, and that's a screengrab of the moment at the top of this page. (I have censored out the profane exclamation of surprise at the bottom, in respect to Family Day here in British Columbia).
Yes, the Chicago Blackhawks finally kept a team off the board, but of course they did. Considering the tear they're on to open the season, the way they seem to be having their way night after night, you knew it was only a matter of time before they rent the veil of shutoutlessness and put an end to that streak.
And don't think that, just because the Blackhawks have another, sexier streak in progress, Corey Crawford and co. weren't giving much thought to ending this one. "Come on," Crawford told the Chicago Tribune. "I knew. I knew. With around five minutes left I didn't want to think about it too much, but I knew about it."
But what about that other streak, the 12-game unbeaten one? How long until that one sees its conclusion?Read More »from Blackhawks’ regulation unbeaten streak reaches 12 games, begins sucking up other streaks