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Blackhawks Still Strong

  • A Chicago Blackhawks fan holds a sign during the first period of an NHL hockey game between the Chicago Blackhawks and the San Jose Sharks in Chicago, Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    A Chicago Blackhawks fan holds a sign during the first period of an NHL hockey game between the Chicago Blackhawks and the San Jose Sharks in Chicago, Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

  • A Chicago Blackhawks fan holds a sign during the first period of an NHL hockey game between the Chicago Blackhawks and the San Jose Sharks in Chicago, Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    A Chicago Blackhawks fan holds a sign during the first period of an NHL hockey game between the Chicago Blackhawks and the San Jose Sharks in Chicago, Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

  • Chicago Blackhawks' Viktor Stalberg, center, celebrates with Andrew Shaw, left, and Patrick Kane after scoring a goal during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the San Jose Sharks in Chicago, Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    Chicago Blackhawks' Viktor Stalberg, center, celebrates with Andrew Shaw, left, and Patrick Kane after scoring a goal during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the San Jose Sharks in Chicago, Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

  • Chicago Blackhawks' Viktor Stalberg, center, celebrates with Andrew Shaw, left, and Patrick Kane after scoring a goal during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the San Jose Sharks in Chicago, Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    Chicago Blackhawks' Viktor Stalberg, center, celebrates with Andrew Shaw, left, and Patrick Kane after scoring a goal during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the San Jose Sharks in Chicago, Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

  • Chicago Blackhawks' Marian Hossa (81) is checked by San Jose Sharks' Marc-Edouard Vlasic (44) during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Chicago, Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    Chicago Blackhawks' Marian Hossa (81) is checked by San Jose Sharks' Marc-Edouard Vlasic (44) during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Chicago, Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

  • Chicago Blackhawks' Marian Hossa (81) is checked by San Jose Sharks' Marc-Edouard Vlasic (44) during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Chicago, Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    Chicago Blackhawks' Marian Hossa (81) is checked by San Jose Sharks' Marc-Edouard Vlasic (44) during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Chicago, Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

  • San Jose Sharks' Patrick Marleau (12) controls the puck as he looks to make a pass past Chicago Blackhawks' Jonathan Toews (19) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Chicago, Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    San Jose Sharks' Patrick Marleau (12) controls the puck as he looks to make a pass past Chicago Blackhawks' Jonathan Toews (19) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Chicago, Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

  • San Jose Sharks' Patrick Marleau (12) controls the puck as he looks to make a pass past Chicago Blackhawks' Jonathan Toews (19) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Chicago, Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    San Jose Sharks' Patrick Marleau (12) controls the puck as he looks to make a pass past Chicago Blackhawks' Jonathan Toews (19) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Chicago, Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

  • San Jose Sharks' Patrick Marleau (12) controls the puck as he looks to a pass past Chicago Blackhawks' Jonathan Toews (19) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Chicago, Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    San Jose Sharks' Patrick Marleau (12) controls the puck as he looks to a pass past Chicago Blackhawks' Jonathan Toews (19) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Chicago, Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

  • San Jose Sharks' Patrick Marleau (12) controls the puck as he looks to a pass past Chicago Blackhawks' Jonathan Toews (19) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Chicago, Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    San Jose Sharks' Patrick Marleau (12) controls the puck as he looks to a pass past Chicago Blackhawks' Jonathan Toews (19) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Chicago, Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

  • Chicago Blackhawks goalie Ray Emery looks for the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the San Jose Sharks in Chicago, Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    Chicago Blackhawks goalie Ray Emery looks for the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the San Jose Sharks in Chicago, Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

  • Chicago Blackhawks goalie Ray Emery looks for the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the San Jose Sharks in Chicago, Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    Chicago Blackhawks goalie Ray Emery looks for the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the San Jose Sharks in Chicago, Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

  • San Jose Sharks' Logan Couture (39) and Chicago Blackhawks' Marcus Kruger (16) battle for the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Chicago, Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    San Jose Sharks' Logan Couture (39) and Chicago Blackhawks' Marcus Kruger (16) battle for the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Chicago, Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

  • San Jose Sharks' Logan Couture (39) and Chicago Blackhawks' Marcus Kruger (16) battle for the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Chicago, Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    San Jose Sharks' Logan Couture (39) and Chicago Blackhawks' Marcus Kruger (16) battle for the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Chicago, Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

  • San Jose Sharks' Patrick Marleau (12) checks a score board after scoring his goal during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Chicago Blackhawks in Chicago, Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    San Jose Sharks' Patrick Marleau (12) checks a score board after scoring his goal during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Chicago Blackhawks in Chicago, Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

  • San Jose Sharks' Patrick Marleau (12) checks a score board after scoring his goal during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Chicago Blackhawks in Chicago, Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    San Jose Sharks' Patrick Marleau (12) checks a score board after scoring his goal during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Chicago Blackhawks in Chicago, Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

  • A Chicago Blackhawks fan holds a sign during the first period of an NHL hockey game between the Chicago Blackhawks and the San Jose Sharks in Chicago, Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
  • A Chicago Blackhawks fan holds a sign during the first period of an NHL hockey game between the Chicago Blackhawks and the San Jose Sharks in Chicago, Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
  • Chicago Blackhawks' Viktor Stalberg, center, celebrates with Andrew Shaw, left, and Patrick Kane after scoring a goal during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the San Jose Sharks in Chicago, Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
  • Chicago Blackhawks' Viktor Stalberg, center, celebrates with Andrew Shaw, left, and Patrick Kane after scoring a goal during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the San Jose Sharks in Chicago, Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
  • Chicago Blackhawks' Marian Hossa (81) is checked by San Jose Sharks' Marc-Edouard Vlasic (44) during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Chicago, Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
  • Chicago Blackhawks' Marian Hossa (81) is checked by San Jose Sharks' Marc-Edouard Vlasic (44) during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Chicago, Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
  • San Jose Sharks' Patrick Marleau (12) controls the puck as he looks to make a pass past Chicago Blackhawks' Jonathan Toews (19) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Chicago, Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
  • San Jose Sharks' Patrick Marleau (12) controls the puck as he looks to make a pass past Chicago Blackhawks' Jonathan Toews (19) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Chicago, Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
  • San Jose Sharks' Patrick Marleau (12) controls the puck as he looks to a pass past Chicago Blackhawks' Jonathan Toews (19) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Chicago, Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
  • San Jose Sharks' Patrick Marleau (12) controls the puck as he looks to a pass past Chicago Blackhawks' Jonathan Toews (19) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Chicago, Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
  • Chicago Blackhawks goalie Ray Emery looks for the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the San Jose Sharks in Chicago, Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
  • Chicago Blackhawks goalie Ray Emery looks for the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the San Jose Sharks in Chicago, Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
  • San Jose Sharks' Logan Couture (39) and Chicago Blackhawks' Marcus Kruger (16) battle for the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Chicago, Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
  • San Jose Sharks' Logan Couture (39) and Chicago Blackhawks' Marcus Kruger (16) battle for the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Chicago, Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
  • San Jose Sharks' Patrick Marleau (12) checks a score board after scoring his goal during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Chicago Blackhawks in Chicago, Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
  • San Jose Sharks' Patrick Marleau (12) checks a score board after scoring his goal during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Chicago Blackhawks in Chicago, Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Chicago — The Chicago Blackhawks set an NHL record for the best start to a season, beating the San Jose Sharks 2-1 last 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.

Viktor Stalberg also scored for league-leading Chicago, which has captured a total of 31 of 34 possible points.

Canucks 1, Predators 0

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 Vancouver defeated Nashville.

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.

Penguins 3, Panthers 1

Pittsburgh — Matt Niskanen and Dustin Jeffrey scored third-period goals to send Pittsburgh over Florida.

Panthers goaltender Jacob Markstrom made 37 saves in his first NHL start this season.

Niskanen took a pass from Kris Letang and scored on a one-timer from the left side at 7:49.

Jeffrey then scored his first goal since Feb. 18, 2012, when he redirected a shot from Matt Cooke at 15:15 to give the Penguins a 3-1 lead.

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

Penguins center Evgeni Malkin left the game in the third period after he took an off-balance check from Erik Gudbranson while driving to the net and slid back-first into the end boards.