Blackhawks aim for franchise-best ninth straight win

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Chicago (19-6-7) at Minnesota (17-14-2), 6:00 pm EST

ST. PAUL, Minnesota (Ticker) -- In the storied 82-year history

of the Chicago Blackhawks, they have never won nine games in a

row.

That could change Sunday when the streaking Blackhawks play the

Minnesota Wild.

Defenseman Brian Campbell and Dave Bolland notched a goal and an

assist apiece as Chicago tied a franchise record with their

eighth straight victory, a 5-1 triumph over the Philadelphia

Flyers on Friday.

Andrew Ladd, Patrick Sharp and rookie Kris Versteeg also scored,

while Martin Havlat and Patrick Kane each had two assists for

the Blackhawks, who last won eight straight from January 4-21,

1981.

"It's pretty impressive," Sharp said. "We are not giving up

much defensively and that is the key. We have four lines and

six defensemen that are playing there roles. You can't ask for

more than that."

The Wild and their suffocating defense will look to end

Chicago's winning streak. With the league's top-ranked

penalty-killing unit at 89.1 percent, Minnesota has only allowed

76 goals, tops in the NHL.

Behind the strong defense, Niklas Backstrom made 35 saves and

the Wild overcame an early two-goal deficit and rallied for a

3-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday.

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