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Chicago Blackhawks tie record in shootout victory

The Blackhawks gave up a lead late in the third period but won the game in a shootout, keeping their amazing streak alive.

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The Blackhawks gave up a two-goal lead in the third period, but it won't matter to the record books: With a shootout victory Tuesday the Chicago Blackhawks have tied the 2006-07 Anaheim Ducks as the only teams in NHL history to go 16 games to start a season without a regulation loss.

The Canucks scored first in the game, late in the first period, but the Blackhawks came roaring back in the second, scoring three goals to take the 3-1 lead. That held up until there were only three minutes left in the game, and the Canucks scored on a powerplay. Then with about a minute remaining, they scored again with their goalie pulled.

The teams traded chances in overtime, but neither could score the winning goal. The Blackhawks finished with 43 shots on net, but a strong night from Cory Schneider kept the Canucks in the game all night long.

In the shootout Patrick Kane and Andrew Shaw scored for Chicago, giving the Blackhawks the victory. Christopher Higgins scored the only goal for Vancouver.

The Blackhawks lost the previous meeting between these two teams in a shootout.

Regardless of the way it all played out, the Chicago Blackhawks have done something special. They have gotten at least a point in every single game so far this season - and they've picked a heck of a season to do it with the shortened schedule meaning the significance of every point is magnified.