NHL Wrap: Blackhawks make history with win

NHL Wrap: Blackhawks make history with win
February 23, 2013, 12:00 am
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The Blackhawks set the record for the best start to an NHL season with a win Friday night. (USA Today Images)

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Ilya Bryzgalov said he's feeling "exhausted," but made it clear he doesn't need any break (see story).

Meanwhile, with Matt Read now sidelined for the next six weeks, rookie Tye McGinn is excited to be back in the lineup (see story).

Now, here's what happened Friday night around the NHL:

Blackhawks continue historic start
CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks set an NHL record for the best start to a season, beating the San Jose Sharks 2-1 on Friday night to give them at least one point in their first 17 games.

Blackhawks rookie Brandon Saad scored a short-handed goal early in the third period to snap a 1-all tie. Chicago (14-0-3) won its fourth straight game to break a mark set by the 2006-07 Anaheim Ducks, who earned points in their first 16 games.

The Blackhawks equaled that run Tuesday with a shootout win over Vancouver.

Saad closed in on left wing one-on-one with San Jose defenseman Brent Burns. After a quick fake, Saad fired a shot from the circle that beat San Jose's Antti Niemi just under the glove 2:24 into the period (see full recap).

Penguins win despite Malkin injury
PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Penguins overcame the loss of one of their top stars and found a way to beat the Florida Panthers.

Matt Niskanen and Dustin Jeffrey scored third-period goals to send the Penguins to a 3-1 victory on Friday.

But center Evgeni Malkin was injured and missed the last 15 minutes of the game.

Chris Kunitz also scored for the Penguins, and goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury made 22 saves in his first start in five days.

Malkin was injured with 15:09 left in the third period. Pittsburgh's second-leading scorer was driving to the net down the left side and was off-balance after releasing the puck when Erik Gudbranson checked him (see full recap).


Canucks blank the Predators
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Dale Weise broke a scoreless tie at 9:14 of the third period and Roberto Luongo made 23 saves for the shutout and the Vancouver Canucks defeated the Nashville Predators 1-0 Friday.

The Canucks have won consecutive games on their four-game road trip after losing three straight.

Nashville has lost three of its past four.

With the game still scoreless in the third period, Maxim Lapierre had the puck behind the Nashville goal line and carried it up to the right circle (see full recap).

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