Blackhawks 5, Wild 3: Bryan Bickell recorded his first career two-goal performance and rookie Brandon Saad notched a goal and two assists as host Chicago extended its record season-opening point streak to 23 games.
Marian Hossa and Patrick Kane also tallied while Corey Crawford made 20 saves for the Blackhawks (20-0-3), who have won a franchise-record 10 straight contests. Chicago also surpassed the 1977-78 Montreal Canadiens for the second-longest streak in NHL history by recording a point in its 29th consecutive game dating back to last season.
Devin Setoguchi, defenseman Ryan Suter and Kyle Brodziak scored for Minnesota, which has won only eight of its last 37 road games. Niklas Backstrom allowed four goals on 17 shots in the first period and was replaced by Darcy Kuemper, who stopped 14 shots over the final two sessions.
After Setoguchi opened the scoring at 8:22 of the first, Saad began a barrage of four goals in a span of 5 minutes, 43 seconds with a backhander from the low slot. Bickell buried a rebound 44 seconds later and made it 3-1 with a shot from the left faceoff circle at 17:12.
Hossa capped the burst with 75 seconds left in the session, but the Wild got within 4-3 on tallies by Suter and Brodziak in the first half of the third period. Kane squashed any hopes of a comeback 61 seconds after Brodziak's goal as he grabbed the rebound of Patrick Sharp's shot and beat Kuemper from the low slot.
GAME NOTEBOOK: The Blackhawks are six contests away from matching the longest point streak in league history set by the 1979-80 Philadelphia Flyers, who went unbeaten in 35 straight games (25-0-10). ... Suter's goal was his first as a member of the Wild and ended his 46-game drought. ... Chicago is 5-0-3 in its last eight meetings with Minnesota. ... Kane has recorded a point in 19 of 23 games this season.