In fact, Chicago finished the 2011-12 regular season with no regulation losses in its final six games, putting the combined-season streak at 30 games. The 1979-80 Philadelphia Flyers hold the record at 35 games (25 wins, 10 ties, with no overtime then). In the following table, I list all 30 of the Blackhawks' undefeated regulation games.
(@ = Away)
|Hawks' OT Result
|@New Jersey||1-1||Lost 2-1 in shootout|
|St. Louis||3-3||Won 4-3 in shootout|
|Minnesota||4-4||Lost 5-4 in shootout|
|@Minnesota||1-1||Lost 2-1 in shootout|
|@Detroit||2-2||Won 3-2 in shootout|
|@Dallas||2-2||Won 3-2 in 5-min. OT|
|Detroit||1-1||Won 2-1 in 5-min OT|
|@Minnesota||2-2||Lost 3-2 in shootout|
|@Vancouver||1-1||Lost 2-1 in shootout|
|@Calgary||2-2||Won 3-2 in shootout|
|Anaheim||2-2||Lost 3-2 in shootout|
|Vancouver||3-3||Won 4-3 in shootout|
|Edmonton||2-2||Won 3-2 in 5-min OT|
|Columbus||3-3||Won 4-3 in 5-min OT|
|@Detroit||1-1||Won 2-1 in shootout|
|@Colorado||2-6||END OF STREAK|
Typically, teams that go on long streaks of success blow away most of their opponents -- a sign of their superior talent and coaching -- and perhaps rely on luck in a few games to keep their streaks alive. One example is the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers, who won 33 straight NBA basketball games. Other than one overtime game, the Lakers always won by at least four points during the streak. Further, 23 of the 33 wins were by double digits.
Although a direct comparison of basketball and hockey is necessarily imprecise, the Blackhawks clearly did not annihilate many opponents during their 30-game regulation undefeated streak. In only eight of the 30 games did regulation play end with Chicago ahead by two or more goals. Counting only regulation time during the 30 games, the Blackhawks averaged 2.90 goals per game, whereas their opponents averaged 1.93, a difference of less than a goal per game. In this way, Chicago's streak was an unusual one.