NHL: Chicago Blackhawks keep rolling
Chicago • 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 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 and will try to match the mark on Tuesday when it hosts Vancouver.
Mike Richards scored two power-play goals in the third period to pull the Kings within one after Chicago outplayed the Stanley Cup champions in the opening 40 minutes and 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."
The Blackhawks' start to the season is beginning to reach historical proportions in more way than one.
Anaheim won the Stanley Cup in 2007 after its record-setting points start. The 1984-85 Oilers and Montreal, which opened with 14 straight in 1943-44, also won the Cup in those seasons.
Toews, Chicago's captain, says the Blackhawks aren't getting ahead of themselves, however.
"We're 15 games into the season," Toews said. "What's important to us is getting home ice advantage, making the playoffs. Those are our goals. Once you get there, the real season starts.
"When you get to that point, no one really cares or remembers those streaks at the start of the season."
Emery, Chicago's backup, made 25 saves.