Top 5 Oilers Streaks

Tuesday, 26.03.2013 / 1:45 PM
Ryan Dittrick  - edmontonoilers.com

TOP 5 OILERS STREAKS

As the old saying goes, 'records are made to be broken.'

Over the course of NHL history, the Edmonton Oilers have been instrumental in penning League benchmarks. Thanks in large part to Wayne Gretzky and some of the most incredible individual and team performances of all time, the Oilers record book is a melting pot of extraordinary achievement. In this week's countdown, we take a look at the Top 5 team streaks in Oilers history.

#5 - Consecutive OT Games

From Feb. 20 through Mar. 12, 2004, the Oilers played an NHL record seven consecutive games that progressed to overtime. The Oilers won games vs. Phoenix and Chicago, lost to Dallas, Colorado and Vancouver, and tied the St. Louis Blues and Calgary Flames. Honourable mention: While the Oilers only went to three straight OT games on Mar. 7, 9 and 11, 2008, Andrew Cogliano set an NHL record by scoring the winner in each.

#4 - Longest Winning Streak

The Oilers came into their Feb. 20, 2001 contest vs. Los Angeles sporting a 27-24-9-2 record. Sixty minutes later, the Oilers had defeated the Kings 5-0 and had started what would eventually result in the longest winning streak in Oilers history. Victories over Calgary, Dallas, St. Louis, Minnesota, Toronto, Buffalo, Carolina and Tampa Bay stretched the streak to nine, single-handidly vaulting the copper and blue to the post-season.

#3 - Longest Undefeated Streak

From Oct. 11 through Nov. 9, 1984, the Oilers remained undefeated in a 15-game stretch (12 wins and three ties). This mark still stands as the NHL record for the longest undefeated streak to start a season. The overall record for the longest undefeated streak at any point in the season belongs to the 1979-80 Philadelphia Flyers who went 35 straight games (25 wins and 10 ties) without a loss of any kind.

Just imagine stringing that together in a 48-game season!

#2 - Consecutive Periods With a Goal

From the opening period vs. Vancouver on Nov. 21, 1981, through to the third period against the very same Canucks seven games and 14 days later, the Oilers tallied in 24 straight periods. Edmonton collected 63 goals and a 6-1-1 record in that stretch.

#1 - Non-Shutout Streak

From Mar. 15, 1981 to Feb. 11, 1984, the Oilers went an incredible 229 games without being shut out -- that's nearly three full seasons! The streak eventually came to an end (in dramatic fashion, no less) on Feb. 12 when they lost 11-0 to the Hartford Whalers. They rebounded well, however, winning their next eight and going on to win the Stanley Cup.

Amazingly enough, that impressive mark doesn't stand as an NHL record. That belongs to the rival Calgary Flames, who went 264 straight after being embarrassed 7-0 by the St. Louis Blues on home ice in 1981. Win, lose or tie, Calgary kept scoring until Jan. 11, 1985 when the Quebec Nordiques ended their run with a 4-0 win.

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