When Roman Hamrlik got the Habs on the board against the Thrashers on Tuesday night , he didn’t just snap his team’s scoreless streak of 199 minutes and 1 second ; he also broke the hearts of Blackhawks fans everywhere. Thanks to Hammer, Chicago’s 82-year-old record for the longest goal drought is still standing.
After posting a 1-0 win over Detroit on February 5, 1929, the Blackhawks’ offense hit the snooze button for almost a month straight. For eight consecutive games, between February 7 and February 28 that season, Chicago was shutout by their opponents, giving them the dubious distinction for the longest pointless streak in North American professional sports history. The Blackhawks did eventually put an end to the streak, but they weren’t exactly putting on a goal scoring clinic during the remainder of the campaign, shutout 20 times that season and ending the year with just 33 goals in 44 games.