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  • Patrick Kane gets RedEye's award for Best Performance in a Leading Role.
Patrick Kane gets RedEye's award for Best Performance in a Leading… (Thearon W. Henderson / Getty…)
February 24, 2013|RedEye

 There's no question the Blackhawks' record-breaking start to this season feels straight out of Hollywood. So we've got our own awards to hand out to the NHL-leading squad, Oscar-style.

BEST PERFORMANCE IN A LEADING ROLE

Patrick Kane

Lots of great candidates here, but Kaner leads the team in goals and assists (nine and 14, respectively, entering Sunday) and has stayed out of the headlines off the ice. The perfect combination.

BEST PERFORMANCE IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

The Hawks' opponents

You need some help to go undefeated in regulation in your first 18 games, so the rest of the Western Conference deserves an award for tanking it. Just kidding. The fact other teams were actually trying speaks volumes as to how dominant the Hawks have been.

WORST ACTOR

Alain Vigneault

The Blackhawks-Vancouver rivalry went from ice cold to, well, dry-ice cold when the Canucks coach defended Jannik Hansen's forearm to the head on Marian Hossa.

"It wasn't even a penalty. Both referees looked at the play and until [Hawks captain Jonathan] Toews went out to talk to them, it wasn't even a penalty," Vigneault said.

Hawks fans are still fuming.

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

Ray Emery and Corey Crawford

This award goes to their fantastic helmet designs, of course! No no, as great as those are, it's really for making the defense look good—and proving so far they're the kind of a question mark they seemed to be before the season began.

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

Marian Hossa

"Hoss" has been clutch all season, and he tied the game with 2.3 seconds left against Calgary on Feb. 2; the Hawks won in a shootout. Without those heroics: There is. No. Record. Streak.

BEST MAKEUP AND HAIR

Coach Quenneville's mustache

For the 120th year running. No contest.

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