CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks needed overtime to beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3 on Friday and extend their NHL-record, season-opening points streak to 21 games.
Brent Seabrook scored on a 2-on-1 break at 3:23 of overtime for the Blackhawks, who have won 18 games and lost three in shootouts — with consolation points — this season.
In Friday's other games, Anaheim extended its home winning streak to eight games by downing Minnesota and St. Louis erased a two-goal deficit to beat Edmonton.
Chicago's Patrick Sharp and Bryan Bickell scored 59 seconds apart late in the second period, and Viktor Stalberg also connected in regulation for the Blackhawks, who won their eighth straight overall and have earned 39 out of a possible 42 points this season.
Ryan Johansen scored with 7:37 left in regulation to tie it at 3-3 for Columbus, snapping his 37-game goal drought. Vinny Prospal and Artem Anisimov also had goals for injury-depleted Columbus, which has a league-low 14 points.
The Blackhawks posted their 10th consecutive win against the Blue Jackets, dating to Feb. 18, 2011. Chicago also has a point in its last 26 regular-season games dating back to last season.
Columbus has lost seven of eight, with all but one of the defeats by one goal.
Anaheim's Teemu Selanne scored his 669th NHL goal and Jonas Hiller made 31 saves as the Ducks held off Minnesota's late surge and beat the Wild 3-2.
Captain Ryan Getzlaf and Matt Beleskey also scored for the streaking Ducks, who have won eight of nine despite barely holding on to their 3-0 lead over Minnesota after two periods.
Anaheim has the NHL's second-best record behind Chicago, and hasn't lost at Honda Center since its home opener on Jan. 25. The Ducks are off to the best start in franchise history, surpassing their 13-2-4 start during their only Stanley Cup championship season in 2006-07.
Kyle Brodziak and Devin Setoguchi scored third-period goals for Minnesota.
St. Louis' Vladmir Sobotka put the Blues ahead early in the third period and added an assist in the 4-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers.