(HockeyStL) -- The history-making point streak keeps growing for the Chicago Blackhawks after a 3-0 win over the St. Louis Blues Thursday night.
The win extended the longest consecutive point streak to 26 games dating back to last season. It’s the third longest point streak in NHL history and the longest streak to start the season.
For the second time this season, the Blues had a chance to end it despite allowing a goal to Jonathan Toews 12 seconds into the game Thursday.
“It’s a terrible start on our line’s part,” David Backes said. “We got to be better in setting the tone for our team. We got to improve that. That’s on our shoulders, we acknowledge that.”
The Blues did not waver during the first two periods while holding the Blackhawks to 15 shots. A lack of offense coupled with a disappointing defensive performance in the third period doomed the chance to snap the streak though.
“Well, the game was right there for us at 1-0,” Ken Hitchcock said. “We probably had more quality chances than they did, but the 2-0 goal took the wind out of our sails.”
That goal came from Andrew Shaw and padded the Chicago lead on a wrist shot from the slot to give his team a 2-0 lead with a little more than two minutes into the third period. Toews would add another goal for the final dagger nearly five minutes later.
“That’s a team that’s playing their best hockey and it’s a team that’s playing hockey the right way,” Kevin Shattenkirk said. “I think that’s what we were doing so well last year and we need to get back to it.”
On January 22, St. Louis was stymied by a strong performance from Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford, who stopped 32 of 34 shots faced in the game, and Chicago held off the Blues, who scored two third period goals after trailing 3-0. It was the third victory of the season for the Blackhawks.