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Blackhawks finally snap 11-game streak of giving up first goal

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Chicago strikes first.

NHL: Pittsburgh Penguins at Chicago Blackhawks David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

For the first time in three and a half weeks, the Blackhawks didn’t give the first goal.

Andreas Martinsen scored in the first period against the Penguins on Wednesday to snap Chicago’s 11-game streak of allowing the first score.

Prior to Wednesday, the Blackhawks took poor starts in the first period to an entirely new level by being outscored 27-6 in the first frame. Here’s the time of the first goal in each of those 11 contests:

at Washington — 0:54
at Tampa Bay — 0:29
at Florida — 5:48
vs. Vegas — 2:10
at Winnipeg — 1:43
at Nashville — 2:11
vs. Calgary — 10:07
at Anaheim — 5:41
at Vegas — 1:28
vs. Montreal — 6:05
at Winnipeg — 7:49

Chicago was 1-10 during that span, with its lone win a 5-4 overtime victory against the Panthers.

The last time the Blackhawks scored first in a game was Nov. 18 when they defeated the Wild 3-1 at the United Center in Chicago.