The Chicago Blackhawks have extended their record-setting point streak to 23 games.
Behind unsung heroes and familiar stars, the Blackhawks rallied from a deficit and survived a push to secure a 5-3 victory over the Minnesota Wild Tuesday night at the United Center.
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Blackhawks defeat the Wild 5-3 and improve to 20-0-3. Their overall streak is now 29 regular-season games dating back to last season.3/6/2013, 4:12:39 AM
History is being made in Chicago.
It didn't look like it would be a win early, as Devin Setoguchi struck first for Minnesota, finding the back of the net 8:22 into the game. It was Setoguchi's fifth goal of the season and came off assists from Matt Cullen and Jason Zucker.
Less than five minutes later, Brandon Saad sparked a furious Blackhawks charge, as Chicago scored four goals in a span of five minutes and 43 seconds to close out the first period. Saad started it all at the 13:02 mark with the assists credited to Jonathan Toews and Niklas Hjalmarsson.
Forty-four seconds later, Bryan Bickell gave Chicago the lead with his fourth goal of the season. Bickell wasted no time in netting his fifth, scoring less than four minutes later at the 17:12 mark. And a minute-and-a-half later, the stars took their turn at scoring; Marian Hossa scored his 10th goal off of assists from, you guessed it, Saad and Toews.
The second period was quiet, as the Blackhawks controlled possession and rarely allowed Minnesota to get off a clean shot. At the end of 20 minutes, the score remained at 4-1 and Darcy Kuemper, Minnesota's backup goaltender, can be thanked for that.
In the final period of play, things got interesting.
Three minutes into the final frame, defenseman Ryan Suter scored his first goal of the year on a power play to bring the Wild within two. Then, at the 10:32 mark, Kyle Brodziak found the back of the net off feeds from Torrey Mitchell and Mike Rupp, and the visitors were suddenly within one.
With the Blackhawks on their heels, no one was truly surprised at what came next. After all, this individual seems to shine whenever the Blackhawks need him most.
Patrick Kane put the game out of reach with his 12th goal of the season, scoring off assists from Patrick Sharp and Dave Bolland.
In turn, the Blackhawks move to 20-0-3. That's 23 consecutive games with a point. A record-setting streak that grows in legend with each passing game.
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