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Adjustments from last year spark record-breaking start for Chicago Blackhawks

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    Chicago Blackhawks' Andrew Shaw celebrates his goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the second period of an NHL Hockey game Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Jim Prisching) (The Associated Press)

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    Chicago Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa, of Slovakia, celebrates along the boards with fans after scoring the winning goal during overtime of an NHL hockey game against the Edmonton Oilers, Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, in Chicago. The Blackhawks won 3-2. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast) (The Associated Press)

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    Chicago Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa (81), of Slovakia, celebrates with teammates including Jonathan Toews (19) after scoring the winning goal during overtime of an NHL hockey game against the Edmonton Oilers, Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, in Chicago. The Blackhawks won 3-2. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast) (The Associated Press)

Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp says coach Joel Quenneville has played a key role in the team's record-breaking start.

The Blackhawks have at least one point in each of their first 19 games and will put that streak on the line Thursday night in St. Louis.

Patrick Kane is among the league leaders with 10 goals and 14 assists. Goalie Corey Crawford has a terrific 1.50 goals-against average, and backup Ray Emery has won each of his eight starts. Defensemen Niklas Hjalmarsson and Brent Seabrook are near the top of the NHL in blocked shots.

Sharp says Quenneville "knows how to push buttons and motivate," and the familiarity behind the bench helped the team start fast this year.