Top 10 Goals During the Chicago Blackhawks' 24-Game Win Streak
Still, Chicago's 21-1-3 record is nothing to sneeze at. The high-flying 'Hawks lit the lamp 78 times over the course of the streak, not including goals scored in the shootout. Here's a look at the 10 best and most crucial goals scored by Chicago during its impressive run.
No. 10: Toews Wastes No Time vs. St. Louis
They don't call the guy Captain Serious for nothing. Jonathan Toews wasted no time against St. Louis on February 28, scoring 12 seconds into the first period.
The captain wins the opening draw and scores after a pretty passing play saw all five 'Hawks touch the puck. Toews would add another goal later on in an emotional 3-0 victory for Chicago that saw the streak run up to 20 games.
No. 9: Shaw's the Shootout Savior
After a series of questionable decisions by Joel Quenneville in the shootout—including the head-scratcher of picking defenseman Nick Leddy to go on one occasion—led to the 'Hawks dismal 1-3 record in the contest by February 19, Coach Q finally called the right number with Andrew Shaw against Vancouver.
After the Blackhawks blew a 3-1 lead late in the third period that allowed the Canucks to force overtime, Shaw's backhander beat Cory Schneider and Ray Emery stopped Ryan Kesler for the 4-3 victory.
The win avenged the February 1 shootout loss to the Canucks and allowed the 'Hawks to tie the NHL record for most-consecutive games with at least one point with 16. Shaw's shootout winner was the first of his young career.
No. 8: Saad's Shortie Sets the Record
Rookie Brandon Saad delivered the goods in the third period against San Jose on February 22 when his shorthanded goal put the Blackhawks up 2-1. The goal turned out to be the game-winner and extended the 'Hawks streak to 17 games, a new NHL record.
No.7: Kane's No-Look Pass to Hossa
On January 24, in the early days of the streak, Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa connected on a ridiculous, no-look pass against Dallas in overtime to give the 'Hawks their fourth straight victory to start the season.
We've seen this pair combine for some gorgeous goals before when Kane opens his bag of tricks, but perhaps none finer this season. Yet, that is.
No. 6: Captain Comeback vs. Colorado
In the 24th and final game of the streak on March 6, the Blackhawks were thoroughly outplayed by Colorado in the second period and subsequently trailed 2-1 heading into the third.
A penalty in the opening minute of that period didn't help things. Enter Captain Serious. Captain Clutch. Captain Colorado killer (4G, A in his last six games against the Avs). Down a goal and a man, Toews drove hard to the net and tucked one home behind Semyon Varlamov to even the score at 2-2.
The momentum shift ignited the United Center and carried the Blackhawks in the third, en route to an even bigger goal that lifted the 'Hawks to a 3-2 win.
Also, notice the cheeky move by Dave Bolland here, which should have been a penalty. Side props to Bolle for getting away with it.
No. 5: Kane Ties It in Detroit
In one of the best NHL games of the season thus far, bitter rivals Detroit and Chicago had played forty minutes of scoreless hockey heading into the third period on March 3 at the Joe.
Tomas Tatar's strike early in the third put the Wings on top 1-0, and it looked like the Blackhawks' streak would end at 21 games. But with just over 2 minutes to play in regulation, Jonathan Ericsson threw an errant puck over the boards in the Detroit zone, resulting in a Blackhawks power play.
Patrick Kane took advantage of Viktor Stalberg's hard work and buried the game-tying goal to set up a memorable overtime and keep the streak alive.
No. 4: Seabrook Sends the Jackets Packing
One night after an emotional 3-0 win in St. Louis that saw the streak reach 20 games, the Blackhawks blew a 3-2 lead in the third and headed to overtime against the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets.
After a brilliant end-to-end rush by Jonathan Toews, defenseman Brent Seabrook found himself with an open net after a saucy feed and buried the OT winner.
Fans still swear Toews saw Seabrook's reflection in the glass, which prompted the pass that extended the streak to 21 games. The one saving grace for Columbus? They didn't have Bobrovsky in net. Oh, Bobrovsky.
No. 3: Car-Bomb's Colorado Winner
Daniel Carcillo's name will go down in the history books, however improbable, for his game-winner against Colorado on March 6 that extended the streak to its height at 24 games.
Tied at 2-2 late in the third period, the winger crashed the net hard and scored his first goal of the season with a backhanded strike that came with just 49.3 seconds left. The 3-2 win extended the streak to 24 games and gave the Blackhawks their 11th straight win.
Carcillo missed 52 games during the 2011-12 season due to a knee injury that has plagued him at points this season as well.
No. 2: Boss Hoss Beats the Buzzer
On February 2, the Blackhawks had lost back-to-back shootouts against Minnesota and Vancouver after starting the season 6-0.
Playing their third game in four days, the 'Hawks were out of gas and were out-skated and outplayed by the Calgary Flames in what looked to be a 2-1 regulation loss. Then, with just 2.1 seconds left after a maddening puck possession by the 'Hawks that had fans screaming "Shoot it, shoot it! Shoot the damn puck!", Marian Hossa cashed in on a monster rebound to tie the score at 2-2.
In a game the Blackhawks had no business winning, Hossa's heroics enabled the 'Hawks to take the game in a 3-2 shootout victory after being out-shot 47-19. Patrick Kane added the only tally for either side in the shootout to earn the extra point.
No. 1: Kane's Not Done with Howard
With the streak on the line against arch-rival Detroit on March 3, Patrick Kane had already come through in the clutch by tying the game at 1-1 with just over two minutes to play in regulation.
Still, the shootout savant had something to prove and after the minutes of overtime had expired and three shooters had all been stopped, Kane set out to create another highlight-reel shootout goal.
With Kane victimizing NHL netminders in the shootout for a few seasons now, he opened his bag of tricks once more, to the chagrin of Jimmy Howard and the Red Wings.
Kane's slow-mo effort and patience enabled him to find the back of the net once more, and after Corey Crawford stopped Henrik Zetterburg on the next shot, the Blackhawks had defeated their rival for the second time in as many games on the season. The win bolstered the streak to 22 games in epic fashion.
Honorable Mention: Toews Turnstiles Ekman-Larsson
This one simply isn't fair. After dropping the Western Conference Quarterfinal against Phoenix last season, the Blackhawks won the first meeting between the teams in Arizona on January 20, 6-4.
Then on February 7 the 'Hawks decided to run things up a little further in Phoenix, taking the Coyotes down, 6-2. Jonathan Toews had the dirtiest goal of the night, undressing Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Mike Smith as the 'Hawks extended the streak to 11 games.
I'll turn it over to Pat Foley to call this one.