Blackhawks set NHL record with win over Sharks

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The shot was low and hard and cemented the Blackhawks’ spot in the history books.

When Brandon Saad rifled the puck past goaltender Antti Niemi early in the third period Friday night at the United Center, the rookie propelled the Hawks to a 2-1 victory over the Sharks.

Viktor Stalberg also scored and Ray Emery earned another impressive win goal as the Hawks recorded their 17th consecutive contest to start the 2013 season without a regulation loss, the longest in league history.

The Hawks also pulled into a tie for third in NHL history for longest overall points streak at 23 games over parts of two seasons—matching the 1975-76 Flyers and ’40-41 Bruins.

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Hawks win! (Photo by David Kaplan)