NHL: Win puts Chicago points streak at 2nd-best all-time

2013-03-06T00:00:00Z NHL: Win puts Chicago points streak at 2nd-best all-timeThe Associated Press The Associated Press
March 06, 2013 12:00 am  • 

CHICAGO - The Chicago Blackhawks set a franchise record with their 10th consecutive victory and extended their points streak to 29 games with a 5-3 win against the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday night.

Bryan Bickell scored twice in the first period and Patrick Kane added a big goal in the third as the Blackhawks (20-0-3) remained the only team in the NHL without a regulation loss. It also snapped a tie with the 1977-78 Montreal Canadiens for the second-longest points streak in league history.

Ryan Suter scored his first goal with Minnesota, sending a power-play slap shot past a screened Corey Crawford in the third period. Kyle Brodziak then poked his own rebound to get the Wild within one at 10:32. But Kane beat Darcy Kuemper just 61 seconds later, sending a rebound into the right corner for his team-best 12th goal.

Brandon Saad had a goal and two assists for the Blackhawks, who host the Colorado Avalanche tonight. Marian Hossa scored after he was honored in a pregame ceremony and Crawford finished with 20 saves.

• Capitals 4, Bruins 3: In Washington, Eric Fehr scored 37 seconds into overtime as the Capitals rallied from a three-goal, first-period deficit to beat Boston in a thriller reminiscent of their seven-game playoff series a year ago.

• Red Wings 2, Avalanche 1: In Detroit, Niklas Kronwall scored in the second period thanks to a fluky bounce off the boards and the skate of goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere, and Detroit held on to beat Colorado.

• Rangers 4, Flyers 2: In New York, Rick Nash snapped a third-period tie and added an insurance goal as the Rangers beat Philadelphia for their third win in a row. Rangers center Brad Richards sat out Tuesday after absorbing a hard hit Sunday that led to a five-game suspension for Buffalo's Patrick Kaleta.

• Lightning 5, Devils 2: In Newark, N.J., Nate Thompson scored twice and Martin St. Louis and rookie Alexander Killorn each had a goal and an assist as Tampa Bay snapped a five-game losing streak.

• Islanders 6, Canadiens 3: In Uniondale, N.Y., Radek Martinek scored the tiebreaking goal eight minutes into the third period and New York handed Montreal its first regulation loss in nearly a month.

Brian Gionta's tying power-play goal at 6:07 of the third was the 20,000th goal for the Canadiens since the NHL was formed in 1917.

• Hurricanes 4, Sabres 3: In Raleigh, N.C., Alexander Semin had a goal and two assists, and Carolina linemate Eric Staal added two assists to pass 600 career points.

• Blue Jackets 4, Oilers 3, SO: In Columbus, Ohio, Sergei Bobrovsky replaced Steve Mason and made two short-handed saves in overtime and stopped both shots he faced in the shootout as Columbus beat Edmonton.

• Panthers 4, Jets 1: In Sunrise, Fla., Tomas Kopecky, Shawn Matthias and Mike Santorelli scored and Jonathan Huberdeau made a penalty shot as Florida beat Winnipeg.

• Sharks 3, Canucks 2: In Vancouver, British Columbia, Scott Gomez and Adam Burish ended long goal droughts and Joe Pavelski scored the shootout winner for San Jose.

• Kings 6, Blues 4

• ta.

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