Blackhawks' Kane: We haven't played our best yet
(MCT) CHICAGO — They have gone an NHL-record 22 games to start the season without a regulation loss, 28 contests with at least one point dating to last season and are riding a franchise-record-tying nine-game winning streak.
Still, the Blackhawks want more.
"The biggest thing is we're just trying to get better," winger Patrick Kane said. "We still have yet to play our best 60 minutes. That's pretty fun knowing we have that ahead of us. It's been a fun ride and it's not over yet."
The Hawks will put their streaks on the line when they face the Wild on Tuesday night in the first of back-to-back home games.
"We want to continue to win," Kane said. "We'll try to regroup and forget about what's in the past and look forward."
Added winger Marian Hossa: "We have a great thing going on here. We're rolling four lines, everyone is playing well and it seems like we just find ways to win."
Rolling: Entering Monday, Hawks goaltender Corey Crawford ranked first in the NHL with a 1.41 goals-against average, second with a .945 save percentage and tied for third with 10 victories.
Crawford has been able to maintain his focus despite twice missing time with injuries.
"I don't know how to explain it," Crawford said. "I've just been able to bear down and really focus, especially on the little things on the side of the net and just making sure not to give up those bad goals that change momentum. I've been feeling pretty good so far."
Key cog: The Hawks have a remarkable 31-2-7 regular-season record since defenseman Johnny Oduya was acquired in a trade from the Jets on Feb. 27, 2012, in exchange for second- and third-round selections in the 2013 NHL draft.
"It's like the stock market," Oduya said. "Sometimes it goes up and sometimes it goes down. I think I was lucky last year. I came in after kind of a down period and the team was on the rebound. This year we had a good start. I feel I'm lucky to be here. Everything I can do to make this team better I'm going to try to do."
Boss Hoss: During warm-ups for Tuesday night's game, the Hawks will wear commemorative jerseys to honor Hossa's 1,000th career game, which came Sunday against the Red Wings. The team also will hold an on-ice pregame ceremony to recognize Hossa's milestone."
Each member of the Hawks will wear Hossa's name and No. 81 and the jerseys will be autographed by Hossa and the player who wore them and later be auctioned off for charity. Go to chicagoblackhawks.com for more details.