Blackhawks ‘admire the way Pittsburgh’s playing’

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The Chicago Blackhawks know all about going on a long streak that can captivate hockey fans from all different corners of the NHL.

After all, they did go 24 straight games to begin the 2013 season without a loss in regulation time.

In the Eastern Conference, it’s the Pittsburgh Penguins that are on quite a roll right now.

They’re on a 14-game winning streak, and are so far perfect in the month of March, with a Saturday afternoon game against the New York Islanders.

After a trio of trades this week that hit a peak with the addition of Jarome Iginla, have to be considered the favorites to take the Eastern Conference.

“It is a little different, it’s almost like there’s two leagues now,” Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp told the Chicago Sun-Times.

“We don’t see them until the Stanley Cup Final, hopefully. [But] I like to watch the Eastern Conference on TV more than I like to watch the West. It seems like everyone in the West, you play them every night, you’re more familiar with them. It’s more fun to see [the East].

“I like watching the Flyers and the Penguins and Toronto Maple Leafs I grew up watching. You have to admire the way Pittsburgh’s playing, and what they’re doing to their lineup, trying to build up for a long playoff run.”