The Blackhawks (19-0-3) welcomed back Corey Crawford on Sunday from an injury. He helped them extend an NHL-record, season-opening point streak to 22 games in a 2-1 shootout win over the Detroit Red Wings.
When Crawford was not healthy enough to play, Ray Emery, has been perfect. The backup goalie in 9-0 in starts and is among league leaders with a 2.02 goals-against average in 10 games.
Chicago's next chance to extend its streak will be Tuesday at home against the Minnesota Wild.
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The groove of being behind a bench is going to be interesting at first, but thank God we have a few exhibition games to get rid of those cobwebs. Overall the excitement of it all and the freshness and coming back refreshed, all those things are going to be assets. If [the players] come ready to give their best effort in practice and games, good things are going to happen. I'm always looking for results. It's not always on the scoreboard. It's winning and building something.
— Bryan Trottier on making his return to coaching as an assistant with the Sabres