Chicago's play was shocking, considering that Joel Quenneville's team had been beaten in the first round of the playoffs in each of the last two seasons. The Blackhawks looked like a playoff team at the start of the season, but there was no reason to believe they would become record-setters.
Instead of feeling their way along, the Blackhawks began the season with something to prove. They proved it for 24 games before they finally tasted defeat for the first time when they dropped a 6-2 decision at Colorado Mar. 8.
Here are nine of the more memorable moments from the first 24 games of the season in which they did not suffer a regulation defeat.
They fell short of getting within hailing distance of the 1979-80 Philadelphia Flyers' record of 35 straight games (25-0-10) without a regulation defeat, but the Blackhawks' run took attention away from the lockout and put it squarely back on the game in a stellar fashion.