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Blackhawks set NHL record for longest point streak to start a season with 2-1 win over Sharks

  • 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)The Associated Press

  • 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)The Associated Press

  • 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)The Associated Press

  • 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)The Associated Press

  • 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)The Associated Press

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.

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