12/28/2008 8:31 PM - From chicagoblackhawks.com: (link)
The Chicago Blackhawks established a franchise record with their ninth consecutive victory on Sunday after defeating the Minnesota Wild, 4-1, at Excel Energy Center. The current streak is now the longest in the 82-year history of the franchise, eclipsing the previous mark of eight set from Dec. 9 to 26, 1971 before being matched a second time from Jan. 4 to Jan. 21, 1981.
Chicago began the streak on Dec. 7 when the squad topped the Phoenix Coyotes, 7-1, at the United Center. The Blackhawks have outscored opponents, 40-12, during the run. The complete list of games is below:
Dec. 7: (at) Blackhawks 7, Phoenix Coyotes 1
Dec. 10: (at) Blackhawks 2, Ottawa Senators 0
Dec. 12: Blackhawks 4, (at) Colorado Avalanche 3
Dec. 14: (at) Blackhawks 3, Columbus Blue Jackets 1
Dec. 16: Blackhawks 9, (at) Edmonton Oilers 2
Dec. 19: Blackhawks 3, (at) Calgary Flames 2 (OT)
Dec. 20: Blackhawks 3, (at) Vancouver Canucks 1
Dec. 26: (at) Blackhawks 5, Philadelphia Flyers 1
Dec. 28: Blackhawks 4, (at) Minnesota Wild 1
Chicago (20-6-7, 47 points) currently has the third-best record in the Western Conference and is tied for fourth overall in the National Hockey League. The Blackhawks' win on Friday marked the team’s quickest to 20 victories since the 1990-91 season.