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Blackhawks win, stretch historic streak to 22 games

DETROIT, Michigan (AFP) –

Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks chases down the puck on February 24, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois

Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks chases down the puck on February 24, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. It took an equalizer from Kane with 2:02 to play in regulation time but the Blackhawks stretched their record-best National Hockey League season start to 22 games on Sunday.

It took an equalizer from Patrick Kane with 2:02 to play in regulation time but the Chicago Blackhawks stretched their record-best National Hockey League season start to 22 games on Sunday.

Another goal by Kane in the game-deciding shootout gave the Blackhawks a 2-1 victory over host Detroit as Chicago improved to 19-0-3, earning points in every game at the start of a season longer than any club in NHL history.

Over-time or shootout losses in the NHL still result in a point in the standings for the losing team, the same way drawn results did before the league created the shootout to ensure a winner in every contest.

Over two seasons, the Blackhawks have gone 28 games in a row without a loss in regulation time, matching the 1977-78 Montreal Canadiens for the second-longest such overall streak in NHL history.

Chicago can next take aim at the NHL record 35-game point streak established by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 1979-80 season.

Detroit nearly ended Chicago’s record run after Slovakian center Tomas Tatar scored 2:43 into the third period to give the Red Wings a 1-0 lead.

But after a scramble for a loose puck in front of the Detroit goal, Kane netted his 11th goal of the season, a power-play marker, to force over-time.

After a scoreless five-minute session, Kane scored the only goal in the penalty shot showdown to give Chicago the triumph.

The Blackhawks, who claimed their ninth victory in a row have not lost a game in regulation time since March 25, 2012. Chicago improved to 8-0-1 in its past nine games at Detroit

Chicago’s Marian Hossa, a Slovakian and former Red Wing, played in his 1,000th career NHL game.

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