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Hossa scores in OT and Blackhawks extend points streak to 19 games with 3-2 win over Oilers

  • Chicago Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa (81), of Slovakia, celebrates with teammates including Jonathan Toews (19) after scoring the winning goal during overtime of an NHL hockey game against the Edmonton Oilers, Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, in Chicago. The Blackhawks won 3-2. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    Chicago Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa (81), of Slovakia, celebrates with teammates including Jonathan Toews (19) after scoring the winning goal during overtime of an NHL hockey game against the Edmonton Oilers, Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, in Chicago. The Blackhawks won 3-2. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)  (The Associated Press)

  • Chicago Blackhawks left wing Viktor Stalberg (25) stuff the puck in the net past Edmonton Oilers goalie Nikolai Khabibulin (35), of Russia, and Corey Potter for a goal during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, in Chicago. The Blackhawks won 3-2 in overtime. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    Chicago Blackhawks left wing Viktor Stalberg (25) stuff the puck in the net past Edmonton Oilers goalie Nikolai Khabibulin (35), of Russia, and Corey Potter for a goal during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, in Chicago. The Blackhawks won 3-2 in overtime. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)  (The Associated Press)

  • Edmonton Oilers forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (93) is unable to get a rebound shot on Chicago Blackhawks goalie Ray Emery (30) during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    Edmonton Oilers forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (93) is unable to get a rebound shot on Chicago Blackhawks goalie Ray Emery (30) during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)  (The Associated Press)

The streak is just a number now. The NHL record is in the rearview mirror, so each additional game just means another giddy opponent eager to stop the Chicago Blackhawks.

So far, the skaters in red and black have responded to each challenge.

Forward Patrick Sharp says, "It's just business as usual."

Thing is, there's nothing routine about it. Certainly not after Chicago beat the Edmonton Oilers 3-2 in overtime on Monday night, stretching its opening points streak to 19 games.

The record went down days ago, when the Blackhawks beat San Jose 2-1 on Friday night to make it 17 in a row. Now the questions are how long can it go on, and which team will stop the streak.