Blackhawks set NHL record with 2-1 win over Sharks

Chicago Blackhawks left wing Brandon Bollig (52) celebrates with goalie Ray Emery after a shootout period of an NHL hockey game against the Vancouver Canucks Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013 in Chicago. The Blackhawks won 4-3. (Charles Rex Arbogast)

February 22, 2013 9:11:03 PM PST
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.