(AP) -- The ability to win close games has been a key reason for the Chicago Blackhawks' record start.
Like the NHL leaders, the St. Louis Blues have grown accustomed to playing tight games of late.
Still undefeated in regulation and looking for a season-high seventh straight victory, the visiting Blackhawks expect to face a stiff challenge from the Blues on Thursday night.
Chicago (16-0-3) extended its league record for consecutive games without a regulation defeat to a start a season by rallying for a 3-2 overtime win over Edmonton on Monday. Marian Hossa scored the winner to help the Blackhawks conclude a 6-0-1 home stretch.
"Without sounding arrogant, it's just business as usual," said forward Patrick Sharp, who recorded his 400th point while assisting on Hossa's goal.
"We keep finding ways to win. That's important at any time of the year. Those one-goal games, we're on the right side of them."
Chicago is 10-0-3 in games decided by one goal. Each of its last five and all b...