CHICAGO — Brent Seabrook scored on a two-on-one at 3:23 of overtime and the Blackhawks extended their NHL-record season-opening point streak to 21 games with a 4-3 win over the Blue Jackets on Friday night.
Jonathan Toews carried the puck down the left wing and dished a cross-ice pass to Seabrook, who fired from the right circle before goalie Steve Mason could slide across the crease.
Chicago (18-0-3) has earned 39 out of a possible 42 points. It is unbeaten in regulation in 27 regular-season games (21-0-6) since March 2012. It can tie the 1977-78 Canadiens for the second-longest such streak in league history at Detroit on Sunday.
O'Reilly cleared to play: Avalanche center Ryan O'Reilly was medically cleared to play and will practice today, the team said. O'Reilly, a restricted free agent who hasn't played in the NHL this season because of a contract dispute, signed a two-year, $10 million offer sheet with the Flames on Thursday. Hours later, the Avalanche matched it. "Can't wait to get on the ice and play in front of the great Avalanche fans again," O'Reilly said on Twitter. "Sorry … about the situation."
Flames under fire: General manager Jay Feaster said his team did its homework before signing O'Reilly to the offer sheet. The ex-Lightning GM responded to a report by Canada's Rogers Sportsnet that O'Reilly would have been placed on waivers if Colorado hadn't matched the offer because he played two games in Russia's KHL after the season started. That means Calgary could have lost him to another team along with the first- and third-round draft picks it would have had to give Colorado for signing O'Reilly. Feaster said his team had a different interpretation of the waiver rule.
Around the league: Stars forward Jamie Benn has a league hearing today for his major cross-checking penalty against Oilers forward Ryan Jones on Thursday. … The Panthers' Sean Bergenheim won his medical grievance against the team and will be paid his full salary retroactive to the lockout. The former Lightning forward, who had been suspended, needs surgery on his hip/lower abdomen and will miss the rest of the season.
First—1, Clm, Prospal 7 (Dorsett, Letestu), :31. 2, Chi, Stalberg 6 (Saad, Kane), 16:09. Penalties—Stalberg, Chi (high-sticking), 5:48; Foligno, Clm, major (fighting), 8:10; Brookbank, Chi, major (fighting), 8:10; Clm bench, served by Johansen (too many men), 14:08.
Second—3, Clm, Anisimov 5 (Atkinson), 12:42. 4, Chi, Sharp 5 (Keith), 17:20. 5, Chi, Bickell 3, 18:19. Penalties—Nikitin, Clm, served by Prospal, minor-major (unsportsmanlike conduct, fighting), 1:01; Carcillo, Chi, major (fighting), 1:01.
Third—6, Clm, Johansen 1 (Foligno, Umberger), 12:23. Penalties—None. OT—7, Chi, Seabrook 3 (Toews, Stalberg), 3:23. Penalties—None. Shots—Clm 7-5-8-2—22. Chi 7-8-17-3—35. PP opps—Clm 0 of 1; Chi 0 of 2. Goalies—Clm, Mason 2-6-1 (35 shots-31 saves). Chi, Emery 9-0-0 (22-19).
First—1, Edm, Hall 4 (Eberle, J.Schultz), 17:30. 2, Edm, Whitney 1 (Smyth, Yakupov), 17:53. Penalties—Reaves, StL (interfere), 8:01; Gagner, Edm (cross-check), 11:58; St.L bench, served by D'Agostini (too many men), 13:20.
Second—3, St.L, Schwartz 2 (Oshie, Backes), 3:38. 4, St.L, Shattenkirk 2 (Sobotka, Stewart), 10:30 (pp). Penalties—St.L bench, served by Stewart (too many men), 6:41; Smid, Edm (boarding), 9:56.
Third—5, St.L, Sobotka 2 (Cracknell, Porter), 4:28. 6, St.L, Backes 3 (Oshie, Schwartz), 14:37. Penalties—None. Shots—Edm 7-4-6—17. St.L 8-11-11—30. PP opps—Edm 0 of 3; St.L 1 of 2. Goalies—Edm, Dubnyk 6-6-3 (30 shots-26 saves). St.L, Halak 5-1-1 (17-15).