The Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Minnesota Wild 5-3 at the United Center on Tuesday night, and they have now gone 23 games to start the season without a loss in regulation.
The victory moved the Blackhawks (20-0-3) past the 1977-78 Montreal Canadiens for the second-most consecutive games (29) without losing in regulation (includes final six games of 2011-12 season). The all-time record is 35 by the 1979-80 Philadelphia Flyers.
Chicago also set a franchise record tonight with its 10th straight win.
Marian Hossa scored the game-winning goal in the first period on a night when the team honored him before the game with a ceremony to celebrate his 1,000th game. His goal gave the Blackhawks a 4-1 lead, which they took into the final period.
Minnesota (11-9-2) built some momentum in the third period with two goals to cut the deficit to one, but Patrick Kane answered right back with his 12th goal of the season to give the Blackhawks a 5-3 advantage, which they would protect for the rest of the third period.
Chicago will look to extend its streak on Wednesday night when the struggling Colorado Avalanche visit the United Center. Minnesota will have a few much-needed days off to prepare for their next game on Saturday against the Nashville Predators on the road.
Devin Setoguchi at 8:22 of the 1st Period, assisted by Matt Cullen and Jason Zucker
Brandon Saad at 13:02 of the 1st Period, assisted by Jonathan Toews and Niklas Hjalmarsson
Bryan Bickell at 13:46 of the 1st Period, assisted by Viktor Stalberg and Andrew Shaw
Bryan Bickell at 17:12 of the 1st Period, assisted by Brandon Saad and Marcus Kruger
Marian Hossa at 18:45 of the 1st Period, assisted by Brandon Saad and Jonathan Toews
Ryan Suter at 3:10 of the 3rd Period (power play), assisted by Dany Heatley and Mikko Koivu
Kyle Brodziak at 10:32 of the 3rd Period, assisted by Torrey Mitchell and Mike Rupp
Patrick Kane at 11:33 of the 3rd Period, assisted by Patrick Sharp and Dave Bolland
Nicholas Goss is an NHL Lead Writer at Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter. He was a credentialed reporter at the 2011 Stanley Cup Final and 2012 NHL playoffs.