The wins just keep coming for the Blackhawks. A lot of people were wondering whether the five-day Christmas break would slow their roll. It hasn't.
The Hawks demolished a strong Philadelphia team 5-1 Friday night on home ice. That game very easily could have been 7- or 8-1. Then, they went on the road Sunday night and collected an impressive 4-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild.
That makes nine wins in a row, a new franchise record for a team that has been playing games since 1926.
"That was a big win for us," Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said Sunday in Minnesota. "It's a special achievement for the whole group. They should be proud.
"We had a real good effort across the board. All aspects and areas of our game were solid."
Just to note, this winning streak is a new REGULAR SEASON record. Long-time Hawks fans will probably remember an 11-game winning streak during the 1992 playoffs.
Next up for the Hawks: A couple of key games against division-leading Detroit. The two best teams in the Central Division will tangle Tuesday at 6:30 at Joe Louis Arena -- and again on Thursday at noon at Wrigley Field in the overhyped Winter Classic.
The Hawks (20-6-7) currently trail the Red Wings (23-7-5) by four points, but they have two games in hand. An opportunity to make up some ground awaits.