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Blackhawks off to NHL record-breaking start thanks to luxury of having 2 good goaltenders

Monday, 03.04.2013 / 5:55 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Blackhawks off to NHL record-breaking start thanks to luxury of having 2 good goaltenders

Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville says having two talented goaltenders has been a key factor during the team's record-breaking start.

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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