Patrick Kane achieved yet another miraculous milestone on Sunday, setting a new Chicago Blackhawks point streak record of 22 games, surpassing legend Bobby Hull in the process. Kane set the new mark by registering an assist in the final minute of play in the third period on an empty-net goal by linemate Artemi Panarin.
“Not your typical fashion assist but you take it anyway you can get it,” Kane said on the ice afterwards. “I think most importantly, it’s exciting to do it here at home in front of all [the fans]. Just getting chills on the bench after you hear the announcement with the assist and hearing [the fans] cheer. It was awesome.”
As Kane hinted, it wasn’t a typical assist. The record-breaking assist was actually a hand pass in the defensive zone that came in the final minute of regulation. But that’s just how things happen for special players. Bobby Hull’s record had stood since 1971.
In the process of this current record, Kane has collected 13 goals and 23 assists for a total of 36 points. Before breaking the Blackhawks all-time record, Kane also rewrote the history books by setting the record for the longest point streak by an American-born player.
Patrick Kane has been one of the most dynamic National Hockey League players since being selected first overall by the Chicago Blackhawks at the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.
I can’t lie, I saw something special in Kane the first time I saw him in 2004. He is one of my favorite NHL players of all time. I am extremely proud of all he has accomplished. I’m not going to list everything, but by now we should all know that Kane is a three-time Stanley Cup champion (2010, 2013, 2015) and has also won the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP (2013).
Any time you see franchise scoring records getting broken one at a time, it is simply remarkable. The only question that remains is how long Kane can keep this up…
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