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NHL: Blackhawks book place in record books after win over Vancouver

The Chicago Blackhawks' impressive start to the truncated 2013 season continued as their 4-3 shootout win over the Canucks saw them take at least a point from each of their first 16 matches.

Chicago Blackhawks' Patrick Kane edges past Daniel Sedin of Vancouver.
Chicago Blackhawks' Patrick Kane edges past Daniel Sedin of Vancouver.

The Chicago Blackhawks secured their place in the NHL record books when goaltender Ryan Emery ensured a 4-3 shoot-out win over the Vancouver Canucks.

Victory in the shoot-out left them with a record of 13-0-3, level best with the 2006/07 Anaheim Ducks among teams to have taken at least a point from their first 16 games.

"It's a remarkable start," Joel Quenneville, the Blackhawks coach, said afterwards.

"We're very happy and pleased. Guys should be proud of the achievement and where they're at ... especially in a 48-game season."

Daniel Sedin opened the scoring for Vancouver but Chicago answered with three straight goals in the second period, with Patrick Sharp netting a slapshot and Marian Hossa adding a brace.

Hossa left the game in the third period after a collision with Vancouver's Jannik Hansen that left him lying on the ice - having been knocked out after an illegal hit during last year's playoff series.

"Obviously we know he got hit last year," Hansen said.

"I think everybody in the hockey world knows that, but again, it's a hockey play and when you go for a puck you go for a puck."

ElsewhereShea Weber continued to put his modest early-season form behind him with an overtime winner to see the Nashville Predators past the Detroit Red Wings.

Weber, who already had an assist to his name, pounced 44 seconds into OT to record his sixth point in four games and his third goal in as many matches.

Weber's intervention secured a 4-3 victory to edge his side into second place in the Central Division.

Montreal Canadiens picked up a fifth straight win at the expense of New York Rangers.

The North-east Division challengers took a 3-1 result, with Alex Galchenyuk ending a 13-game drought with the third-period shot that made it 2-1.

The Winnipeg Jets were 2-1 victors over the Buffalo Sabres to begin a five-match away run in positive fashion.

Bryan Little and Andrew Ladd were their scorers.

The Ottawa Senators condemned the New York Islanders to a 3-1 reverse, with the damage being done in a two-goal middle period that saw Colin Greening and Andre Benoît hit the net.

The Islanders showed some improvement on their 7-0 thrashing at the hands of the Philadelphia Flyers last time out but it was still not enough.

Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Ben Scrivens saw a two-match shutout ended in dramatic fashion as he conceded all of the Tampa Bay Lightning's efforts in a 4-2 defeat.

The scores were tied at 1-1 after the first period but the Lightning took control and had opened up a three-goal lead before Toronto ended the scoring with a consolation.

The San Jose Sharks edged the St Louis Blues 2-1, upsetting a form book that had the Sharks winless in seven and the Blues on a hot streak of three.

Tim Kennedy was the match-winner when he powered home with just under seven minutes left.

The Winnipeg Jets moved off bottom spot in the South-east Division thanks to a 2-1 win over a Buffalo Sabres side who continue to prop up their own North-east opponents and the Los Angeles Kings bested the Edmonton Oilers 3-1.

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