BLACKHAWKS ESTABLISH FRANCHISE RECORD WITH 12TH STRAIGHT WIN
Corey Crawford made 38 saves, including 16 in the third period, and Patrick Kane had a goal and an assist for his third straight multipoint game to help the Chicago Blackhawks establish a franchise record with their 12th consecutive victory, tying the longest winning streak in the NHL this season; the Florida Panthers won 12 straight between Dec. 15, 2015 and Jan. 10.
* At 32-13-4 and 68 points, the Blackhawks increased their lead to five points on the Stars (29-13-5, 63 points), who lost in regulation to the Los Angeles Kings, for first place in the Central Division and Western Conference. Chicago was fourth in the division/conference and was 13 points out of first place when its winning streak began Dec. 29.
* Before the Blackhawks and Panthers in 2015-16, there were 12 instances of teams winning at least 12 consecutive games in a season.
* Chicago is the fifth defending Stanley Cup champion to win at least 12 straight games in the League's modern era, joining the 1970-71 Boston Bruins (13-0-0), 1981-82 New York Islanders (15-0-0), 1992-93 Pittsburgh Penguins (17-0-0) and the 2000-01 New Jersey Devils (13-0-0), according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The Penguins' 17-game winning streak stands as the NHL record.