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Records, records everywhere as Blackhawks defeat the Wild 5-3

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The Chicago Blackhawks consecutive point streak continues with a 5-3 victory over the Minnesota Wild. To add to the Blackhawks personal record book, they have now set a new franchise mark with their 10th win in a row. In case anyone was wondering, 10 game win steaks don't happen very often as the Hawks have been around since 1926.

The Blackhawks started the evening with a couple of fundamental mistakes and trailed Minnesota 1-0 early in the first period. The Wild then saw what happens when the Chicago offense steps on the gas. In less than a six-minute span, the Hawks scored four times to take control of the game. At least they were in control until about the midway point of the third period.

The Blackhawk bandwagon is overflowing and expectations are sky high. So when the Wild scored a couple of goals to close the gap to 4-3 there was some angst. Minnesota wasn't going to roll over and the Hawks stopped backchecking for a few minutes. That's all it takes to give up a couple of goals. It was only 61-seconds after the Wilds third tally when Patrick Kane chipped one in and sealed the deal.

This was another contest in which the Blackhawks brought their attack to the net. Pretty goals look good on a highlight show but bang and crash still works best in the NHL. The Hawks worked hard and displayed some grit around the Minnesota goal.

Last season from the beginning of February until the end of the regular season, Chicago averaged scoring only two goals per game in regulation. Since February 1 of this season, in 16 games they have scored close to three goals per game (2.94) in regulation. Goals aren't easy to come by and to increase scoring by close to one goal per game is huge.

It's fun to look at numbers and here is a stat some may find interesting. During their 10 game win streak, the Blackhawks have scored more than three goals in regulation only two times. So there have been a lot of close contests and the Hawks offense has been good enough, especially considering how well their team defense has been.

Obviously there isn't much to critique, although the Hawks could be better when playing with a lead. Until now the Blackhawks haven't had many opportunities to take a three goal lead into the third period. Tonight's game marks only the half way point in the season so there is time to improve. As strange as it sounds this club probably still has another gear.

Joel Quenneville did have an opportunity to spread around ice time and that could make a difference when facing Colorado. Wednesday night, the Colorado Avalanche will skate into the United Center hoping to be the streak breaker.

The Av's have a lot of young skill and maybe the Hawks can take advantage of a slight scheduling edge. The Av's played a tough game in Detroit Tuesday night and dropped a 2-1 decision. Colorado has now lost five of their last six games.

As more and more focus is placed on the Blackhawks by national media, many around the country will be hoping the streak ends soon. Some find it easy to hate a team at the top of the standings.

We all know the point streak can't last forever, but the next seven games will be against teams which failed to make the playoffs last season.

Al's Shots

Marian Hossa was honored Tuesday night as he played in his 1000th career game on Sunday. Hossa is an elite talent and is still one of the best two-way players in the NHL. It was only fitting Hossa lit the lamp on his special night.

Bryan Bickell had another fine game and scored two goals. GM Stan Bowman probably has to take a leap of faith and sign Bickell to a contract extension sooner than later.

Brandon Saad continues to find a way to make an impact as he was credited with his fourth goal of the season along with two assists.

Patrick Sharp had a game high six shots on goal.

Jonathan Toews had another fine outing and was credited with two assists. Toews was also hot at the dot, winning 64% of his faceoffs.

Toews recorded four hits, one less than team leader Andrew Shaw who had five.

Dave Bolland was back in action and recorded an assist.

Michael Frolik did not play because he was out with the flu.

The flu has been going around but the Hawks have been fortunate it hasn't taken out more than one player at a time.

Despite the bad snow storm there was a capacity crowd of 21,836 announced at the UC.

I will be back Thursday and you can follow me on Twitter @AlCimaglia.

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