After winning a couple more on the weekend, the 2013 Chicago Blackhawks have claimed a place in the NHL record book.
15-0-3 to open the season. It's never been done before.
Chicago's streak includes a pair of wins in overtime, a couple more in the shootout, and three shootout losses.
Under the old system, all those games would have gone down as ties, giving the Blackhawks an 11-0-7 mark.
Making that adjustment still leaves them with at least a point in 18 straight games.
So even compared to previous eras, it's the hottest start in NHL history.
That sort of unquestionable record is a rarity in the hockey world.
Many NHL records are relatively meaningless these days, especially playoff records and "all-time" marks.
There might have been a time when the record book told a plausible story of the league's greatest players and greatest teams.
But that time is fading.
Photo: Terry Sawchuk, shown playing for the Red Wings in the 1950s, is among the greatest goaltenders in NHL history. But he barely gets a mention in the record book (Pictorial Parade/Getty Images).