Blackhawks extend points streak to 15 games with win over Kings
Chicago, IL, United States (4E Sports) – Brent Seabrook and Jonathan Toews each had a goal and an assist in leading the Chicago Blackhawks over the Los Angeles Kings 3-2.
Patrick Sharp also scored for the Blackhawks (12-0-3).
Chicago outplayed Los Angeles (5-6-2) in the opening 40 minutes as they built a 3-0 lead.
Seabrook opened the scoring for Chicago at 6:29. Toews’ power-play goal 4 minutes later made it 2-0. Sharp then exploited a Kings coverage breakdown and increased Chicago’s lead to 3-0 just 56 seconds into the second period.
Mike Richards responded with two powerplay goals in the third period to pull the Kings within one. But the Blackhawks hung on as back-up goalie Ray Emery made 25 saves in all.
Emery made back-to-back starts for the first time this season with Corey Crawford missing his second game because of an injury.
The Blackhawks outshot Los Angeles 37-27 in the win that extended their season-opening points streak to 15 games and matched the 1984-85 Edmonton Oilers for the second-longest season-opening points streak in NHL history.
Chicago will attempt to tie league record set by Anaheim in 2006-07 and when it hosts Vancouver Tuesday.
“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.”