Chicago Blackhawks Start New NHL Streak With 2nd Straight Loss

The Chicago Blackhawks fell to their second straight loss after setting a National Hockey League record by scoring at least one point in 24 straight games to start the regular season.

Sam Gagner scored two goals to lift the Edmonton Oilers to a 6-5 victory yesterday at Chicago’s United Center. The Blackhawks’ loss came two days after they were beaten 6-2 by the Colorado Avalanche and dropped their record to 21-2-3.

Chicago had three overtime losses during its record-setting point streak, yet hadn’t lost a game in regulation before its current two-game skid.

“We’ve got to be careful not to get too down on ourselves, especially after the start we’ve had,” Patrick Kane, who had two goals and an assist for the Blackhawks, told reporters. “We did something really special and no one can ever take that away from you. We’ve just got to regroup and get back to that mentality of not wanting to lose.”

The New York Rangers won for the fifth time in six games yesterday, beating the Washington Capitals 4-1, while the Pittsburgh Penguins pushed their winning streak to five games with a 6-1 rout of the New York Islanders.

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