Patrick Kane's 26-Game Point Streak Ends vs. Avalanche

Daniel Kramer@dkramer_Featured ColumnistDecember 16, 2015

CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 15: Patrick Kane #88 of the Chicago Blackhawks looks to pass as Nate Guenin #5 of the Colorado Avalanche closes in at the United Center on December 15, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. The Avalanche defeated the Blackhawks 3-0. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Superstar Patrick Kane’s historical 26-game point streak came to an end in the Chicago Blackhawks’ 3-0 loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday. Kane’s streak was the longest individual scoring streak in 23 years, according to the NHL on Twitter. 

Kane was appreciative of his remarkable feat but looked forward when it ended, per Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune:       

Chris Kuc @ChrisKuc

Patrick Kane: "It was a good run. When you have to talk about it every day it gets a little taxing, but I’m excited just to play hockey now"

Kane’s streak is the 11th-longest streak of all time, according to Mike Chambers of the Denver Post, and six of the players on that list are Hall of Famers. 

The longest streak is 51 games, set in 1983-84 by Wayne Gretzky, arguably the greatest of all time. 

Kane set the Blackhawks’ point streak at 22 games, surpassing a mark Bobby Hull set 44 years prior. 

Kane is currently on pace for 121 points. The last time a player broke the 120-point barrier was in 2006-07, when Pittsburgh Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby posted 120. That year, Crosby went on to win the Hart Memorial Trophy as the league’s most valuable player. 

Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman elaborated on why the 27-year-old winger has found success this season, per Kevin Allen of USA Today.

"He can steal it from guys, take it away," Bowman said. "He has had the puck on his stick more. And he controls the game when he has the puck. Now he always finds a way to get the puck back."

Remarkably, despite an acclaimed career that boasts three Stanley Cup titles, Kane has never won the Hart Trophy. But that could very well change soon if he continues this torrid pace.  


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