The time has come that Bobby Hull’s 40-plus year record has fallen. Last night it took 58 minutes before Kane finally extended his point streak to 22 consecutive games! Hull’s record was 21 games since 1971, but Kane broke that record with an assist on an empty net goal at the end of the Blackhawks 3-1 victory over the Jets. Patrick Kane now holds the Blackhawks record with 22 consecutive games with a point.

History Made

In last night’s win, history was made and those at the United Center were in for a treat. During his point streak, Kane has fired shots to the net and has made skillful plays, including behind-the-back and no-look passes that helped to set up his teammates for more goals. And, it was definitely fitting Sunday night that Kane set a Blackhawks franchise record by nabbing a point in his 22nd consecutive game in an unusual fashion.

With a last minute goal from the Blackhawks to seal the deal, all 21, 749 fans in the United Center jumped to their feet and remained cheering for Kane. Just as we thought Patrick Kane would go pointless and his streak would end, he batted the puck with his left hand in his own zone to Panarin who scored on the empty net at 18:14 of the third period, which helped seal a 3-1 victory over the Jets after a 3 game slump.

When asked about his streak, Kane stated, “You look at things I accomplished, it seems like they all happen for a reason, or happen sometimes in a funny way. Could you predict it was going to be a hand pass in your own end on an empty net? Probably not, but you take it any way you can get them.”

Even Kane’s teammates were rooting for him to extend his point streak to 22 games. Winger Bryan Bickell was on the bench yelling at the players to pass it to Kane, while everyone was aware that Kane still needed a point. In the final minutes the Blackhawks tried all they could to get Kane the record and they succeeded.

Coach Q stated, “Tonight was probably the first game the streak was noticeable. Everybody on our team was rooting for him and going out of our way a little more of what we generally try to do and make sure he got a touch before we attempted a play at the net.”

After achieving the point, the crowd at the United Center gave Kane a lengthy ovation—even Hull cheered on in excitement for him. Hull said, “I’m only too proud to be able to watch a guy like that play. When I was fortunate to play I didn’t know it was a record…I hope he goes on and chases Gretzky.”

Leading the NHL

Not only did Kane break the franchise record, but he continues to lead the NHL in points with 41—that’s ahead of second place Jamie Benn with 35 points. Kane is currently in the midst of a career year that came back to life after a not so good off season.  As Kane leads the NHL in points, too, we are left to wonder what he will do next.

With a point in 22 consecutive games under his belt, the next record to break would be that of Hall of Famer Wayne Gretzky who holds the longest point streak in NHL history with 51 games. Hmmm…30 more consecutive games to break Gretzky’s record. Do you think Patrick Kane can do it? I guess we will find out!

Congratulations to Patrick Kane on breaking the Blackhawks franchise record!! We can’t wait to see what else you can do!

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