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NHL: Blackhawks set record with win over Sharks

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The Chicago Blackhawks made NHL history on Friday with their 2-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks, becoming the first team to record at least one point in 17 successive games to start a season.

Chicago rookie Brandon Saad scored a shorthanded goal to break a 1-1 tie early in the third period, blasting the puck past goaltender Antti Niemi.

"It was a huge goal for us," Saad said. "I just took him wide and tried to get a shot off and luckily I beat him to the glove side.

"It's nice to make history," Saad added. "Our group has a great year so far so we don't expect anything less."

The Blackhawks improved to 14-0-3 and surpassed the record set by the 2006-07 Anaheim Ducks when they completed their first 16 games of the season without a loss in regulation. The Ducks went on to win the Stanley Cup that season.

Chicago had matched the Ducks' run on Tuesday with a shootout victory over Vancouver.

During their streak the Blackhawks have won 10 games in regulation. They have won twice in overtime and twice in shootouts, and lost three games in shootouts.

Viktor Stalberg had scored an equalizer for Chicago late in the second period, and goaltender Ray Emery made 26 saves for his seventh win in as many starts this season.

"It's a great feeling," Stalberg said. "We've had a great run here. We don't want to stop now. Tonight maybe wasn't our best game, but we're finding a way to win.

"It's kind of crazy to think you're not going to lose a game in regulation for the first 17 games," he added. "It's a cool thing to be a part of and we're excited about it, but the focus has been more on us to play each and every game."

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