The Chicago Blackhawks used a strong start against the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday to keep their strong start to the season on a roll.
Brent Seabrook and Jonathan Toews each had a goal and an assist to help the host Blackhawks beat the Kings 3-2, extending their season-opening points streak to 15 games.
Patrick Sharp also scored for the Blackhawks (12-0-3), who matched the 1984-85 Edmonton Oilers for the second-longest season-opening points streak in NHL history. Chicago is one away from the tying the league record set by Anaheim in 2006-07.
Mike Richards scored two power-play goals in the third period to pull the Kings within one after Chicago had built a 3-0 lead. But the Blackhawks and goalie Ray Emery hung on.
"The guys wanted to get a good start, a good jump on L.A.," Seabrook said. "Ray made the big saves when he needed to."
Toews, Chicago's captain, says the Blackhawks are keeping their streak in perspective.
"What's important to us is getting home-ice advantage, making the playoffs," Toews said. "Those are our goals. Once you get there, the real season starts."
Blues 4, Canucks 3: T.J. Oshie and Andy McDonald each scored in regulation
Wild 3, Red Wings 2: Dany Heatley, Jason Zucker and Torrey Mitchell all scored in the second period to rally host Minnesota over Detroit.
Flames 4, Stars 3: Steve Begin, Matt Stajan and Roman Horak scored their first goals of the season in the third period, and Calgary overcame a two-goal deficit to beat host Dallas.
Penguins 4, Sabres 3: Defenseman Paul Martin scored with 2:04 left, and Pascal Dupuis had two goals and an assist to lift Pittsburgh over host Buffalo. Sidney Crosby also scored and had two assists to help the Penguins move ahead of idle New Jersey atop the Eastern Conference standings.