REFILE - ADDING NAME OF OPPONENT TEAM Chicago Blackhawks left wing Brandon Saad (R) celebrates his game winning goal with teammate Patrick Sharp during the third period of their NHL hockey game against the San Jose Sharks in Chicago, February 22, 2013. Th
Blackhawks set record for best start to season
Posted : Friday, 22 February 2013 11:42PM
(Reuters) - The Chicago Blackhawks set a National Hockey League record for the best start to a season when they scored a point in a 17th consecutive game by defeating the San Jose Sharks 2-1 on Friday.
Brandon Saad's third-period goal delivered the game-winner as the Blackhawks (14-0-3) remained undefeated in regulation play this season. All three of the Chicago losses have come in shootouts.
The Anaheim Ducks set the previous record of 16 straight games with a point to open the 2006-07 season. Chicago tied that mark in a win on Tuesday.
(Reporting by Gene Cherry in Raleigh, North Carolina; Editing by Ian Ransom)
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