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This Week In Hawks History: Jan. 4-10

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

  • Goalie Tony Esposito set a Blackhawks record when he won the first of eight straight games starting January 4, 1981 in a 3-2 against Pittsburgh.

  • Denis Savard scored the first of his three Blackhawks career penalty shots on the same date in 1983 when he beat goalie Mike Liut at St. Louis in a 4-2 win.

  • Dustin Byfuglien set a career-high on January 4, 2008 when he amassed 15 penalty minutes, but added a power play goal in a 5-2 decision over Calgary at the United Center.

  • The first nationally-televised NHL game was broadcast on January 5, 1957 when CBS televised the Hawks' battle with the Rangers from Madison Square Garden in New York.

  • Al Secord set a team record for the fastest four goals by a Blackhawks player (8:24) during a 6-4 triumph over Toronto at the Chicago Stadium on January 7, 1987. In the same game, Chicago-area native Mark Lavarre tied a team rookie record with four assists in a period.

  • The Hawks picked up their 250th NHL victory on the same date in 1941 when they edged the Rangers in New York 3-2.

  • The last of 34 Chicago scoreless ties -- and the only one at the United Center -- occurred on January 8, 2003 when Chicago goalie Michael Leighton battled with Phoenix in the 0-0 draw.

  • Darren Pang started the first of seven straight wins on January 8, 1988 at the Stadium against Toronto to establish a team standard for rookie goaltenders.

  • On the same date in 1931, Hall of Fame goalie Charlie Gardiner got the first of four straight shutouts in a 4-0 whitewash over the Quakers in Philadelphia to establish a team record which still stands.

  • John Gottselig became the third Blackhawk to score four goals in a game when he turned the trick on January 9, 1936 in a 4-1 victory over the New York Americans.

  • On the same date in 1974, Pit Martin tallied his fifth and final hat trick in a Hawks uniform during a 4-4 tie with Los Angeles at the Stadium.

  • Defenseman Doug Wilson became the first Blackhawks blueliner to score two power play goals in a game as Chicago nipped Vancouver 3-2 at the Stadium on January 10, 1982.

  • Also on January 10, 1991, the Hawks tied a team mark with five power play goals in a game in a rout of Toronto 7-2 at the Stadium.
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