With each point, the pressure grows. The wins are piling up, increasing the expectations. And the Chicago 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.
''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 period 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.