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Blackhawks make history with 5th straight overtime game to start season

No team in MLB, NBA, NFL or NHL history as accomplished the feat.

NHL: St. Louis Blues at Chicago Blackhawks Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports

The Blackhawks are no stranger to making history, and they made some more Saturday night after playing in their fifth consecutive overtime game to start the season.

No NHL team has accomplished that feat since the league began a regular-season overtime period in 1983-84, according to Elias Sports Bureau. It also has never happened in the history of the MLB, NBA or NFL. The Blackhawks have gone 3-0-2 during the stretch with backup Cam Ward starting in net in place of Corey Crawford, who is expected to return for the team’s next game — Oct. 18 against the Coyotes.

Alex DeBrincat also became the second player this season for Chicago to score the tying goal in the third period and game-winning goal in overtime against the Blues on Saturday. Jonathan Toews also did that Oct. 6 in St. Louis.

The Blackhawks are one of six teams this season to not have a win in regulation, and join the Devils (2-0-0) and Hurricanes (4-0-1) as the only teams without a regulation loss. Chicago was 7-10 last season in overtime/shootout games last season.