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Blackhawks Top Wild to Extend Season-Opening Streak to 23 Games

Chicago Blackhawks Player Patrick Kane
Chicago Blackhawks player Patrick Kane sealed the victory for the Blackhawks against the Minnesota Wild with his 12th goal of the season. Photographer: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

March 6 (Bloomberg) -- Bryan Bickell scored two goals 3 1/2 minutes apart to help the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Minnesota Wild 5-3 and extend their National Hockey League season-opening point streak to 23 games.

The Blackhawks (20-0-3), who have earned at least one point in each of their games this season, lead the league with 43 points. The Wild (11-9-2) have 24 points.

Brandon Saad and Marian Hossa joined Bickell in first-period scoring to give the Blackhawks a 4-1 lead last night on their home ice at the United Center. Devin Setoguchi had given the Wild a 1-0 lead.

Ryan Suter had a power-play goal early in the third period and Kyle Brodziak added another score to pull Minnesota within 4-3 before Patrick Kane sealed the victory for the Blackhawks with his 12th goal of the season.

To contact the reporter on this story: Nancy Kercheval in Washington at nkercheval@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net

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