Blackhawks or Heat?
All Good Things Must Come to An End
The Miami Heat now find themselves dealing with something they haven't had to deal with since February, having to regroup from a loss They may want to get in touch with the Chicago Blackhawks, who had a 24 game streak of scoring a point. For those of you not familiar with the National Hockey League, the league awards a point if the game is tied in regulation. For 24 straight games, the Blackhawks either won outright, or had a game go into overtime or a shootout.
Both were great feats, and required skill and luck.
The Blackhawk's streak could be seen as a bit tainted; because of the shortened NHL season, the teams are only playing teams from their conference. People will ask "what if Chicago had to play Eastern Conference opponents like Pittsburgh, New Jersey, or New York?" But that short season also added a level of difficulty; the lockout that created the conference only schedule meant a short training camp. The Blackhawk's streak, you see, started from the opening game.
Not to take anything away from what Miami has accomplished, but they had a full camp, and also their streak began with the season in full swing. They could build momentum.
Finally, in terms of benefit to the league, Chicago's streak may have meant more. A league that nearly had the season cancelled needed a good news story. Chicago was one, and the Pittsburgh Penguins, who currently have a 13 game regulation winning streak, may be another.