The five longest winning streaks to start the regular season

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September is upon us, and that's always great news for sports fans.

With both the NHL and NBA set to return in just over a month, let's take a look at five teams that were really hot at the start of the regular season.

5. 2012-13 Chicago Blackhawks: 21-0-3

The 2012-13 NHL season wasn't like the typical NHL season -- it began in January after unresolved negotiations between the NHL Player's Association and the league led to the NHL's fourth-ever lockout.

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The break was beneficial for the ChicagoBlackhawks, which might not have had as much success early on. For starters, the Blackhawks began the season at 5-0-0 for the first time since the 1971-72 season.

In a game against the DetroitRedWings the following night, the Hawks set the franchise record by starting 6-0-0.

From that point on, there was no stopping the Blackhawks.

Led by Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews, the Hawks won 11 consecutive games, and built a record of 21-0-3 before a 6-2 loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Mar. 8 snapped the streak.

The Blackhawks went on to win their second Stanley Cup in three seasons, becoming a modern-day NHL dynasty.

4. 1982 Atlanta Braves: 13-0

Led by center fielder Dale Murphy and pitcher Phil Niekro, the 1982 Braves had one of the greatest starts to an MLB season with 13 straight wins against the Padres, Astros and Reds.

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They lost their 14th game 2-1 to the same Reds, and went on to have a slightly above average season, finishing with an 89-73 record.

The streak was all for not when the St. Louis Cardinals swept the Braves 3-0 in the first round of the playoffs.

3. 2007 New England Patriots: 18-0

To say the Patriots dominated the NFL in 2007 is an understatement.

The team, led by superstar quarterback TomBrady, swept the regular season at 16-0, beat the Jaguars in the division round and the Chargers in the AFC Championship.

At 18-0, you'd think the perfect season was guaranteed.

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Unfortunately, the streak was snapped when the Patriots lost 17-14 to the Giants in the SuperBowl.

2. 1993-94 Toronto Maple Leafs: 10-0

The '93-94 TorontoMapleLeafs were the first team in NHL history to begin the season at 10-0.

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I know it might be hard for young Leafs fans to believe, but there was once a time when the MapleLeafs were a winning hockey club.

The 1993-94 season was peculiar for a few reasons. For whatever reason, the Leafs couldn't maintain the early season momentum, and finished 33-29-12 in their last 74 games.

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Fans were hoping '94 wouldn't be a repeat of the 1993 playoffs, when the Leafs made the Conference Final only to lose to the L.A Kings in a controversial Game 7 overtime.

As a Leafs fan, you learn that whatever you wish not to happen, will happen.

They lost in the Conference Final (for the second consecutive year) to the Canucks in five games.

1. 2015-16 Golden State Warriors: 24-0

This list wouldn't be complete without mentioning the GoldenStateWarriors.

I mean, how could they not top this list?

Not only did they break an #NBA record for most consecutive wins to begin a season (16) but they now own the best record to start a season in the history of all professional sports at 24-0.

The Warirors' record of 20-0 broke a 133-year-old record set by the 1884 St. Louis Maroons baseball team, as the best start of all-time.

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And they didn't stop there. They won four more games to increase the steak to 24, until the Milwaukee Bucks beat them 108-95 to end the historic run.

The Warriors' record would have been all that more impressive if they had a Championship ring to show for it.

Blame Lebron James for preventing that from happening.

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