Chicago’s Streak at 22
Calgary Flames' Lee Stempniak (22) celebrates his goal against the Vancouver Canucks with Matt Stajan, top left, Mark Giordano, bottom left, and Jay Bouwmeester during second period NHL action in Calgary on Sunday, March 3, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Larry MacDougal)
Detroit — Patrick Kane kept the Chicago Blackhawks’ record streak alive.
Chicago extended its NHL-record, season-opening points streak to 22 games yesterday when Kane scored the tying goal on a power play with 2:02 left in regulation and had the only goal in a shootout. That lifted Chicago to a 2-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings yesterday.
Corey Crawford was perfect in the shootout and finished with 32 saves to help his team win a ninth straight game.
The Blackhawks (19-0-3) have earned at least a point in 28 straight games — dating to a March 25, 2012, loss in regulation to Nashville — to tie the second-longest streak in league history. They’ve matched Montreal’s multi-season points streak from the 1977-78 season and trail only Philadelphia’s run of 35 straight games with at least a point during the 1979-80 season.
Flames 4, Canucks 2
Calgary, Alberta — Jarome Iginla continued to have a hot hand, scoring the winning goal at 12:36 of the third period to Calgary over Vancouver.
Iginla has five goals in the past four games after scoring just once in his first 16 games of the season.
Mike Cammalleri scored a pair of goals for the Flames, who snapped a two-game losing streak. Dartmouth College graduate Lee Stempniak finished with a goal and an assist.
Blue Jackets 2
Avalanche 1 (ot)
Columbus, Ohio — Artem Anisimov scored on a hard wrist shot on an overtime power play, and Sergei Bobrovsky made 18 saves to lead Columbus over Colorado.
Vinny Prospal had the other goal for the Blue Jackets, thanks to Ryan O’Reilly, who inadvertently tapped it in while making his Avalanche season debut after a contract dispute.
Sunrise, Fla. — Jordan Staal, Alexander Semin, and Justin Faulk scored in Carolina’s win over Florida, giving the Hurricanes their second victory over the Panthers in as many nights.
Dan Ellis made 19 saves for Carolina after replacing Cam Ward with 11:04 left in the second. Ward stopped all 15 shots he faced before leaving the game with what appeared to be a leg injury.
Stars 4, Blues 1
Dallas — Derek Roy had a goal and two assists and Kari Lehtonen made 25 saves to help lead Dallas over St. Louis.
Loui Eriksson, Jaromir Jagr and Erik Cole also scored for Dallas.
Senators 2 (so)
Uniondale, n.y. — John Tavares and Frans Nielsen scored in the shootout, lifting New York over Ottawa.
Evgeni Nabokov made 29 saves as the Islanders earned their third win in 12 home games this season. He also stopped Jakob Silfverberg and Daniel Alfredsson in the shootout.
Rangers 3, Sabres 2 (so)
New York — Rick Nash had a goal and assist and also scored in the shootout to lead New York over Buffalo.
Wild 4, Oilers 2
Minneapolis — Mikko Koivu made up for a frustrating stretch without a goal by Minnesota, scoring 9 seconds into the third period to snap a tie.
and spark the Wild to a 4-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday night.
The Wild had an astounding 18-0 advantage in shots on goal in the second period, and the Oilers went 23:35 without a shot after Magnus Paajarvi’s goal tied the game late in the first period. Minnesota outshot Edmonton 43-21 for the night, and goalie Niklas Backstrom raised his career record at home against the Oilers to 17-0. The Wild have won 19 of their last 20 games here against their division rivals.
Jared Spurgeon and Charlie Coyle each had a goal and an assist for the Wild.
Sam Gagner pulled the Oilers within 3-2 with 7:04 remaining, but Dany Heatley padded the Wild lead on a power play about two minutes later.