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Hawks' streak just won't end

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DETROIT -- Patrick Kane had a couple shots that simply could not be stopped.

Just like the Chicago Blackhawks.

Chicago extended its NHL-record season-opening points streak to 22 games Sunday when Kane scored the tying goal on a power play with 2:02 left in regulation and the Blackhawks earned an extra point when the star forward scored the only goal in a shootout of a 2-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings.

"Just amazing what's going on," Kane said.

Corey Crawford was perfect in the shootout and finished with 32 saves to help Chicago win a ninth straight game.

"He had several big saves, particularly right after they scored to go up one," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. "He kept us in there to make it a one-goal game and gave us a chance."

The Blackhawks 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 run from the 1977-78 season and trail only Philadelphia's streak of 35 straight games with at least a point during the 1979-80 season.

"It's impressive," Detroit goaltender Jimmy Howard acknowledged after making 32 saves. "They're finding different ways to do it every single night."

It looked like Chicago's sensational streak of success might end when Detroit's Tomas Tatar broke a scoreless tie early in the third period and Howard stopped every puck that came his way.

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 4, 2013 C2

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