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This Week In Hawks History: Jan. 15 - 22

by Harvey Wittenberg / Chicago Blackhawks
Tony Esposito
Some memorable dates this week in Blackhawk history:

  • On January 15, 1984, goalie Tony Esposito blanked Pittsburgh 2-0 at the Stadium for his 74th and final shutout as a Blackhawk, which stands as a team record.

  • Hall of Fame Goalie Glenn Hall played in his 500th consecutive game between the pipes as the Hawks faced Montreal at the Stadium on January 17, 1962. The netminder was visibly moved when the team surprised him with a brand new car before the game. Hall had come into the match with a three-game winning streak, but the first shot on goal came bouncing in on him from center ice, and he went on to suffer a 7-3 loss. Hall won his next two after that, but suffered an injury at Boston on Jan 27, ending his record-breaking 503 consecutive game streak.

  • Michel Goulet registered the last of his three Hawks hat tricks in a 5-3 triumph over Toronto on January 17, 1993.

  • Cliff Koroll scored his third and final career hat trick in a 5-3 win at the Stadium against Washington on January 18, 1978.

  • On January 19, 1971, the Blackhawks had 11 players on the West All Stars in a 2-1 decision over the East Stars in Minnesota.

  • Also on the same date in 1991, the Hawks hosted the NHL All-Star Game at the Stadium on the eve of the Persian Gulf War. The game began with a stirring, emotional rendition of the National Anthem during which the crowd cheered all the way through. Cheering during the Anthem has since become a Blackhawks tradition.

  • Tony Esposito tied a team mark for three consecutive home shutouts from January 19 - January 21, 1971.

  • Esposito was in goal to set a team mark for eight straight wins by a Hawks goalie from January 4 - January 21, 1981. It also was a Chicago record for straight victories which was eclipsed by the current Hawks last month with 9 in a row.

  • On January 22, 2008, forward Adam Burish recorded his first NHL goal in San Jose against the Sharks.
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