NHL: Blackhawks skate by LA, extend points streak to 15

2013-02-18T00:00:00Z NHL: Blackhawks skate by LA, extend points streak to 15The Associated Press The Associated Press
February 18, 2013 12:00 am  • 

CHICAGO - The Chicago Blackhawks used a strong start against the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday to keep their strong start to the season going.

Brent Seabrook and Jonathan Toews each had a goal and an assist to help the Blackhawks beat the Kings 3-2, extending their season-opening points streak to 15 games.

Patrick Sharp also scored for the Blackhawks (12-0-3), who matched the 1984-85 Edmonton Oilers for the second-longest season-opening points streak in NHL history.

Chicago is one away from tying the league record set by Anaheim in 2006-07 and will try to match the mark Tuesday when it hosts Vancouver.

Mike Richards scored two power-play goals in the third period to pull the Kings within one after Chicago outplayed the Stanley Cup champions in the opening 40 minutes and built a 3-0 lead.

But the Blackhawks and goalie Ray Emery hung on.

"The guys wanted to get a good start, a good jump on L.A.," Seabrook said. "Ray made the big saves when he needed to."

The Blackhawks' start to the season is beginning to reach historical proportions in more way than one.

Anaheim won the Stanley Cup in 2007 after its record-setting points start. The 1984-85 Oilers and Montreal, which opened with 14 straight in 1943-44, also won the Cup in those seasons.

• Penguins 4, Sabres 3: In Buffalo, N.Y., defenseman Paul Martin scored with 2:04 left to lift Pittsburgh. Pascal Dupuis had two goals and an assist and Sidney Crosby also scored and had two assists, including a pass that set up Martin's goal.

• Rangers 2, Capitals 1: In New York, Derek Stepan's power-play goal early in the third period snapped a tie and completed New York's rally.

• Wild 3, Red Wings 2: In St. Paul, Minn., Dany Heatley, Jason Zucker and Torrey Mitchell all scored in the second period to rally Minnesota over Detroit.

It was the Wild's first regulation win since Jan. 29 and just the second time it scored at least three goals in regulation over the last nine games.

• Bruins 3, Jets 2: In Winnipeg, Manitoba, Brad Marchand scored 36 seconds into the third period to lift Boston.

• Flames 4, Stars 3: In Dallas, Steve Begin, Matt Stajan and Roman Horak each scored their first goals of the season in the third period and Calgary overcame a two-goal deficit to beat Dallas.

• Blues 4, Canucks 3, SO: In Vancouver, British Columbia, T.J. Oshie and Andy McDonald each scored in regulation and in the shootout to lead St. Louis. Vladimir Sobotka also scored for the Blues, who swept their three-game road swing.

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