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 Chicago (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 upper right corner for his team-best 12th goal.
Brandon Saad had a goal and two assists for the Blackhawks, who host the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday night. Marian Hossa scored after he was honored in a pregame ceremony and Crawford finished with 20 saves.
Kuemper, who replaced Niklas Backstrom at the start of the second period, finished with 14 stops for the Wild (11-9-2), who had won five of seven.
The Blackhawks four goals matched their season high for a period set Feb. 7 at Phoenix, also in the first.
RED WINGS 2, AVALANCHE 1: In Detroit, Niklas Kronwall scored in the second period thanks to a fluky bounce, and Detroit ran its streak of not allowing a goal in the first or second period to four. Kronwall had his shot from the point go wide, bounce back off the boards and going off the right skate of goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere.
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.
HURRICANES 4, SABRES 3: In Raleigh, N.C., Alexander Semin had a goal and two assists, linemate Eric Staal added three assists and Carolina won its fourth straight and completed a three-game season sweep of Buffalo.
CAPITALS 4, BRUINS 3, OT: In Washington, Eric Fehr scored 37 seconds into overtime after Washington rallied from a three-goal, first-period deficit in a thriller reminiscent of the teams seven-game playoff series a year ago. Wojtek Wolski, Mike Ribeiro and Tomas Kundratek scored for the Bruins.
RANGERS 4, FLYERS 2: In New York, Rick Nash snapped a third-period tie and then added an insurance goal as New York won its third in a row.
BLUE JACKETS 4, OILERS 3, SO: In Columbus, Ohio, Sergei Bobrovsky, replacing an ineffective Steve Mason, made two spectacular short-handed saves in overtime and stopped both shots he faced in the shootout to lift Columbus.
PANTHERS 4, JETS 1: In Sunrise, Fla., Tomas Kopecky, Shawn Matthias and Mike Santorelli scored for Florida and Jonathan Huberdeau converted a penalty shot to key the win.