Hawks take to the road hoping to keep point streak alive

Hawks take to the road hoping to keep point streak alive

February 28, 2013, 10:00 am
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Nina Falcone

After recording a 6-0-1 record over their seven-game homestand, the Blackhawks have hit the road and will face off tonight against the St. Louis Blues. Check out all the action on Comcast SportsNet, beginning with Blackhawks Pregame Live at 6:30.

The Blackhawks have extended their record-setting point streak to 19 games, and tonight the team will take their talents to St. Louis where they'll face off against the Blues for the second time this season.

After Marian Hossa knocked in Chicago's game-winning overtime goal against the Oilers on Monday, the Blackhawks' historic start stretched to a 16-0-3 record. The Hawks now hold a solid six-point lead over the Anaheim Ducks in the Western Conference standings.

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The Blues (10-6-2) are currently seeded No. 5 in the Western Conference. St. Louis has had four full days to prepare for tonight's matchup since defeating the Blue Jackets back on Feb. 23, and tonight, they're hoping to be the team that ends the Blackhawks' point streak.

“Winning is a feeling. When you have the right feeling going, you win all the close games,” Blues coach Ken Hitchcock told the media on Wednesday. “You get the goal at the end, you win in overtime, you win in the shootouts. They got the feeling going right now and somebody is going to have to break the feeling, and it might as well be us.”

The last time these two teams met, the Blackhawks came out with a 3-2 victory. Brandon Bollig and Blues forward Chris Stewart gave the crowd at the United Center more reason to cheer as the two dropped the gloves back in late January. But tonight, Stewart's main focus is to come out of tonight's matchup with two points for the Blues.

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“That’s a team that we want to beat,” Stewart said. “That’s a heated rivalry. Any chance we get to stick it to them, we definitely want to.”

The Blackhawks, on the other hand, aren't focused on their record. Their goal is to keep winning and do all they can to achieve their goal of winning another Stanley Cup.

“If you told us (we would do) this at the start of the season, it’d blow our socks off, for sure,” Patrick Sharp said after Monday's matchup against Edmonton. “As the season’s gone on, we’ve just come to the rink and play. There’s not a whole lot of practice time. It feels like hockey 24 hours a day, and that’s how we like it.”

Make sure to join the conversation during tonight's matchup by using #HawksTalk on Twitter, and keep up with the latest team-related social media trends with Blackhawks Pulse.