Coming into this 2015-16 season, nobody knew how Patrick Kane would react on the ice after his offseason troubles. I think we’re all aware now that it hasn’t affected him one bit. After 23 games, he’s put himself in the early conversation for the Hart Memorial Trophy with 13 goals and leads the league in assists (22) and points (35). Speaking of points, Kane had the secondary assist on last night’s game-tying goal by Duncan Keith with 27 seconds left in the Blackhawks’ amazing comeback win against Anaheim. With that assist, he has now scored a point in 18 straight games, one shy of the record shared by former Blackhawk Eddie Olczyk and Phil Kessel for the longest consecutive point streak by an American-born player. Olczyk scored in 19 straight as a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1989-90 season while Kessel’s run came in the 2008-09 season with the Boston Bruins. Kane’s streak began on October 17th. The Blackhawks have gone 11-5-2 during this stretch.
10/17 vs Columbus: 1 goal
10/22 vs Florida: 1 goal, 2 assists
10/24 vs Tampa Bay: 1 assist
10/26 vs Anaheim: 1 assist
10/29 at Winnipeg: 1 goal
10/30 at Minnesota: 1 assist
11/2 vs Los Angeles: 1 goal, 1 assist
11/4 vs St. Louis: 1 goal, 1 assist
11/6 at New Jersey: 1 goal
11/8 vs Edmonton: 1 goal, 3 assists
11/12 vs New Jersey: 1 goal, 1 assist
11/14 at St. Louis: 1 goal
11/15 vs Calgary: 1 goal, 1 assist
11/18 at Edmonton: 2 assists
11/20 at Calgary: 1 assist
11/21 at Vancouver: 1 assist
11/25 at San Jose: 2 assists
11/27 at Anaheim: 1 assist
That’s 10 goals and 19 assists over the 18-game stretch. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the streak is the longest in the NHL since 2010 when Sidney Crosby had a ridiculous 25-game stretch for Pittsburgh (26 goals, 24 assists). He’s also only three games away from tying the Blackhawks’ all-time record of 21 games, set by Bobby Hull in the 1971-72 season, and Kane is trying to downplay it, but is also having some fun with it.
“You look at the players…the two guys that are part of that record, Kessel and Olczyk, that’s some pretty elite company. It’s been a fun little ride here. it seems like I’m making it a little difficult on myself here, with the last few games, but it’s something you try not to think about.”
He’s also getting some high praise from his teammate, Corey Crawford.
“There’s not too many players like him that come around. He could be the best American player of all time and he’s still young. He will (be) if he continues to do so many things and be that sort of game-changer that he’s been his whole career.”
The 27-year-old Kane won’t have to wait long for his chance at the record book. The Blackhawks conclude their annual circus trip tonight in LA against the Kings at Staples Center at 9:30. If he gets one tonight, he’ll have a chance to own the record outright when the Blackhawks return home to the United Center to host the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday night. Good luck to #88.