With each point, the pressure grows. The wins are piling up, increasing the expectations. And the Blackhawks just keep going and going.
Looking down on the rest of the NHL, Marian Hossa and Co. show no signs of slowing down.
The Blackhawks set a franchise record with their 10th consecutive victory and extended their points streak to 29 games with a 5-3 win against the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday night in Chicago.
‘‘It’s a great time right now,’’ said Hossa, who scored after he was honored in a pregame ceremony for playing in his 1,000th NHL game Sunday at Detroit. ‘‘Everybody is hungry. We have a strong lineup and the guys are playing well.’’
Bryan Bickell scored twice in the first and Patrick Kane added a big goal in the third as Chicago (20-0-3) remained the only team in the league without a regulation loss.
It also snapped a tie with the 1977-78 Montreal Canadiens for the second-longest points streak in league history.
‘‘It doesn’t feel like we’re on a streak,’’ Bickell said. ‘‘We’re just business, come to the rink and we’re going to do what we need to do.’’
Ryan Suter scored his first goal with Minnesota, sending a power-play slap shot past a screened Corey Crawford in the third period. Kyle Brodziak then poked in his own rebound to get the Wild within one at 10:32.
But Kane beat Darcy Kuemper just 61 seconds later, scoring on a rebound for his team-best 12th goal.
‘‘Once they get their momentum going, they’re tough to slow down,’’ said Suter, who signed a big free-agent deal in the offseason and is tied for the team lead with 14 assists.
‘‘You saw that in the third period. When they score a goal, we've got to come back and with a good shift to try to get the momentum back. They just have so much firepower.’’
Islanders 6, Canadiens 3 — Radek Martinek scored the tiebreaker eight minutes into the third and host New York handed Montreal its first regulation loss in nearly a month.
Martinek’s shot from the left point on a pass from Kyle Okposo eluded goaltender Carey Price at 7:56. John Tavares scored his team-leading 14th goal with 1:07 left before Colin McDonald closed the scoring with an empty-netter.
Brian Gionta’s power-play goal at 6:07 of the third — the 20,000th goal for the Canadiens since the NHL was formed in 1917 — tied the game at 3.
Hurricanes 4, Sabres 3 — Alexander Semin had a goal and two assists, linemate Eric Staal added three assists, and host Carolina won its fourth straight.
Jiri Tlusty, Joe Corvo and Jussi Jokinen also scored for Carolina, which was playing for the first time since goalie Cam Ward went on injured reserve following a torn MCL that will require a recovery of six to eight weeks.
Rangers 4, Flyers 2 — Rick Nash snapped a third-period tie and then added an insurance goal as host New York held on to beat Philadelphia for its third win in a row.
Nash fired a shot that sneaked under the right arm of goalie Ilya Bryzgalov 2:50 into the third to give New York its second lead of the game.
Panthers 4, Jets 1 — Tomas Kopecky, Shawn Matthias and Mike Santorelli scored for Florida and Jonathan Huberdeau converted a penalty shot in Sunrise, Fla.
Jacob Markstrom stopped 21 shots for his first win of the season for Florida, which won at home for just the fourth time this season.
Red Wings 2, Avalanche 1 — Niklas Kronwall scored in the second period thanks to a fluky bounce, and host Detroit held on to beat Colorado.
Detroit opened the scoring with 13:00 to go in the second on a breakaway goal by Johan Franzen, and Kronwall added to the lead when his shot from the point went wide, bounced back off the boards and went in off the right skate of goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere.
Sharks 3, Canucks 2 — Scott Gomez and Adam Burish ended long goal droughts and Joe Pavelski scored the shootout winner for visiting San Jose.
Gomez’s goal was his first of the season and just his 10th in his last 133 NHL games, while Burish scored his first goal in 45 games.
Lightning 5, Devils 2 — Nate Thompson scored twice and Martin St. Louis and rookie Alexander Killorn each had a goal and an assist as Tampa Bay snapped a five-game losing streak with a victory over host New Jersey.
Blue Jackets 4, Oilers 3 — Sergei Bobrovsky, replacing an ineffective Steve Mason, made two spectacular shorthanded saves in overtime and stopped both shots he faced in the shootout to lift host Columbus over Edmonton.
Kings 6, Blues 4 — Defenseman Jake Muzzin scored twice, once in a four-goal third period, as host Los Angeles stunned defensive-minded St. Louis.