After victories over the Dallas Stars and the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Blackhawks defeated the rival Detroit Red Wings in a 2-1 over time thriller. The win over Detroit would bring the Hawks’ record to a perfect 6-0-0, the best start to a season in franchise history. The perfection would come to a halt though, as the Hawks were headed on a 6-game road trip. In the first game on the road trip, the Hawks were defeated, in the shootout, by the Minnesota Wild, which would leave them with a record of 6-0-1. Although they were no longer defeated, their streak of games without a regulation loss.
The points earned streak would continue, but so would the shootout loss streak, as the Hawks lost to the Vancouver Canucks, 2-1 in the shootout. Even with a record of 6-0-2, and having earned at least a point in every game thus far in the season, fan worry was starting to take the smallest of forms.
Next up on the road trip, were the Calgary Flames, who would have to face Blackhawks back-up goaltender, Ray Emery, who would have a night that he will never forget. During the game, the Flames completely out-played the Hawks, as they out-shot the men in Indian Head sweaters by an audacious total of 47-19! Emery however, was up to the task, as he stopped a career-high45 of the 19 shots, to carry the Hawks to the shootout, where they would eventually lose. Thanks to Emery’s career night, that head coach Joel Quenneville would describe as “criminal”, the Hawks were able to continue their points streak.
The Hawks finally found their way to the win column, on the road trip, with a victory over the
San Jose Sharks.
The wins would keep coming, as the Hawks, seemingly wanting more revenge on the
, went into Arizona, and left with a 6-2 blowout victory. Early in that game,Jamal Mayers
in what was most obviously a direct response to his dirty hit on Hossa
, during the 2012 playoffs. With the Torres fight, and 12 goals in 2 games against the Coyotes, the Hawks could feel satisfied with their “playoff revenge”.
The road trip would conclude with a game against the Hawks’ divisional foes, the Nashville Predators. The Hawks would shutout the Predators, 3-0, with Corey Crawford earning the shutout, in net. The shutout was the first since March 23rd, 2011! By recording the Hawks’ first shutout in nearly 2 years, Corey Crawford’s redemption was well underway, as he was off to a great start to the season.
5-0 says no!
The Hawks ended with a very successful road trip, with a record of 4-0-2, on the trip, leaving them with an overall record of 10-0-2 on the season, as the Hawks were headed home for a 7-game homestand.