Blackhawks extend record with 4-3 overtime victory over Blue Jackets
APCHICAGO -- Brent Seabrook scored on a 2-on-1 break at 3:23 of overtime and the Chicago Blackhawks extended their NHL-record, season-opening point streak to 21 games with a 4-3 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday night.
March 3, 2013, 12:03 am TWN
Patrick Sharp and Bryan Bickell scored 59 seconds apart late in the second period, and Viktor Stalberg also connected in regulation for Chicago (18-0-3), which won its eighth straight overall and has earned 39 out of a possible 42 points this season.
Ray Emery made 19 saves for the win.
Ryan Johansen scored with 7:37 left in regulation to tie it at 3 for Columbus, snapping his 37-game goal drought. Vinny Prospal and Artem Anisimov also had goals for injury-depleted Columbus (5-12-4), which has a league-low 14 points.
The Blackhawks posted their 10th consecutive win against the Blue Jackets, dating to Feb. 18, 2011. Chicago also has a point in its last 26 regular-season games since a regulation loss on March 25, 2012, to Nashville.
Columbus has lost seven of eight, with all but one of the defeats by one goal.
Blues 4, Oilers 2 In St. Louis, Vladmir Sobotka put St. Louis ahead early in the third period and added an assist for the Blues, who rallied from two goals down to beat Edmonton.
David Backes added an insurance tally with 5:20 to go, and Jaroslav Halak was strong throughout in net for the Blues, who trailed 2-0 after the first period.
They had been 1-5-1 in their previous seven at home while getting outscored 26-11. The Blues totaled just three goals the previous four games and were shut out twice.
Kevin Shattenkirk scored the tying goal late in the second to snap St. Louis' 0-for-14, power-play drought. Jaden Schwartz also scored for the Blues, who lost six home games in regulation last season but are 5-5-1 there this year.
Taylor Hall and Ryan Whitney scored in a span of 23 seconds late in the first period for Edmonton, which played the third game of a nine-game trip. The Oilers, who ended a six-game losing streak against Dallas on Thursday, have lost six in a row in St. Louis.
Halak made his fourth straight start with slumping Brian Elliott on the bench for the eighth straight game. Halak made just 15 saves in the win after losing to Chicago on Thursday.
Ducks 3, Wild 2 In Anaheim, Teemu Selanne scored his 669th NHL goal, Jonas Hiller made 31 saves, and Anaheim held off Minnesota's late surge for the Ducks' eighth straight win at home.
Captain Ryan Getzlaf and Matt Beleskey also scored for the streaking Ducks, who have won eight of nine and 12 of 14 despite barely holding on to their 3-0 lead over Minnesota after two periods.
Anaheim (15-3-1) has the NHL's second-best record behind Chicago, and hasn't lost at Honda Center since its home opener on Jan. 25. The Ducks are off to the best start in franchise history, surpassing their 13-2-4 start during their only Stanley Cup championship season in 2006-07.
Kyle Brodziak and Devin Setoguchi scored third-period goals for Minnesota, which lost for just the second time in six games.
Darcy Kuemper stopped 26 shots in his third NHL start for the Wild.
The 42-year-old Selanne broke a tie with Hall of Famer Luc Robitaille for 11th place in NHL goal-scoring history.