Blackhawks off to a record start in NHL season
CHICAGO (AP) -- 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.