CHICAGO -- Never mind the Original Six. The Blackhawks are in seventh heaven.
The Red Wings paid their only visit to the United Center on Sunday, a sad circumstance for traditionalists who wish for more games between these Original Six franchises.
But the relic of a rivalry was of secondary importance to the red-hot Hawks, who rode veteran goalie Cam Ward's 43 saves and kept their playoff push going by beating the Red Wings 5-2 for their seventh straight victory.
It's the Hawks' longest streak since winning seven straight from Feb. 19 to March 4, 2017. They will try to make it eight in a row Tuesday against the Bruins.
"Let's keep this thing rolling," Ward said.
The Western Conference wild-card race is so bunched up that with 55 points the Hawks are both four points from the bottom and four from the first wild-card spot. But don't feel bad about checking the standings; you're not alone.
"I check the standings, yes," Ward admitted. "We know where we're at and what we need to do. With that being said, you control what you can control and that's how you perform and how you prepare and the guys are doing the right job right now."
The line of Dominik Kahun, Dylan Strome and Alex DeBrincat was dominant with each finding the scoresheet on the Hawks' first three goals. Kahun had two goals and an assist, Strome had a goal and two assists and DeBrincat assisted on all three of the line's goals.
They had their best game of the season, but they've been a big part of the Hawks' success since coach Jeremy Colliton put them together, not coincidentally, seven games ago.
How have they been doing it? Kahun isn't quite sure.