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Blackhawks: A look back at Patrick Kane's historic point streak

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Blackhawks: A look back at Patrick Kane's historic point streak

Patrick Kane's historic point streak ended Tuesday in the Blackhawks' 3-0 loss to the Colorado Avalanche. Here's a look back at each of the 26 games in which he tallied at least a point:

1: Kane kicks off his point streak with a third-period goal in a 4-1 win over the Blue Jackets on Oct. 17.

2: Kane registers three points (one goal, two assists) in a 3-2 win over the Panthers on Oct. 22.

3: Kane assists on Jonathan Toews' game-winning overtime goal in a 1-0 win over the Lightning on Oct. 24.

4: For the second straight game, Kane picks up a primary assist on an overtime goal from Toews in a 1-0 victory over the Ducks on Oct. 26.

5: Kane scores a power play goal 1 minute, 26 seconds into the game in a 3-1 loss to the Jets on Oct. 29.

6: Kane records a secondary assist during the first period of a power play in a 5-4 loss to the Wild on Oct. 30.

7: Kane scores an early goal in the third period and assists on the eventual game-winning goal in a 4-2 win over the Kings on Nov. 2.

8: Kane registers two points in the first period (a power play goal and assist) in a 6-5 overtime loss to the Blues on Nov. 4.

9: Kane scores his ninth goal of the season in a 4-2 loss to the Devils on Nov. 6. He also registered a career-high 25:27 of ice time.

10: Kane collects a season-high four points (one goal, three assists) in a 4-2 win over the Oilers on Nov. 8.

11: Kane scores an early power play goal in the first period, and records an assist in the third period of a 3-2 loss to the Devils on Nov. 12, tying his third-longest point streak in 2009-10.

12: Kane adds his 12th goal of the year on the power play, which turned out to be the game-winner in a 4-2 win over the Blues on Nov. 14, tying his second-longest point streak in 2013-14.

13: Kane scores a goal for the seventh straight game — a career high — and picked up a primary assist in a 4-1 win over the Flames on Nov. 15.

14: Kane gathers two assists in a 4-3 win over the Oilers on Nov. 18, matching his career high for longest point streak in 2013-14.

15: Kane sets a new career high for longest point streak with a first-period assist on the power play in a 2-1 overtime loss to the Flames on Nov. 20. He also tied Chris Chelios for longest point streak by a Blackhawks player in the last 20 years, per Elias.

16: Kane records a secondary assist in the third period of a 6-3 loss to the Canucks on Nov. 21.

17: Kane picks up a primary and secondary assist in a 5-2 win over the Sharks on Nov. 25.

18: Kane keeps his point streak alive by collecting a secondary assist with 27 seconds remaining in regulation in a 3-2 overtime win over the Ducks on Nov. 27. He also tied Clint Smith (1943) and Denis Savard (1981) for third-longest point streak in Blackhawks history.

19: Kane breaks the record for longest point streak by an American-born player, previously held by Eddie Olczyk and Phil Kessel, with a goal and assist in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Kings on Nov. 28. He also tied Savard for second-longest point streak in Blackhawks history, set in 1985.

20: Kane scores the lone goal on the power play in a 2-1 loss to the Wild on Dec. 1, becoming the second Blackhawks player ever to reach a 20-game point streak.

21: Kane registers his fourth three-point games of the season in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Senators on Dec. 3, tying Bobby Hull for longest point streak in Blackhawks history set in 1971-72. Kane also moved past Jeremy Roenick for eighth-most points in franchise history with 598, per TSN.

22: Kane sets a Blackhawks record for longest point streak with an assist (via a legal hand pass) in the final minute of a 3-1 win over the Jets on Dec. 6. Hull previously held the record, set in 1971-72.

23: Fans were on the edge of their seats late in the third period as a lengthy empty-net goal extended Kane's point streak with only 1:36 left in a 4-1 win over the Predators on Dec. 8. He also recorded his 600th career point.

24: Kane scored his 18th goal of the season early in the third period to extend his point streak in a 5-1 loss to the Predators on Dec. 10

25: Kane kicked off the weekend with a second-period goal on the power play in a 2-0 win over the Jets on Dec. 11. His 25-game point streak matches Sidney Crosby for longest point streak since 1992-93.

26: Kane had the secondary assist on Duncan Keith’s power-play goal, giving him a 26-game point streak as the Blackhawks blanked the Vancouver Canucks 4-0 on Dec. 13. Kane now has the longest point streak among active NHL players.

Blackhawks edge out Senators in shootout: 'It was really nice to get a win'

Blackhawks edge out Senators in shootout: 'It was really nice to get a win'

It was a rare sight to see the Blackhawks in a shootout on Wednesday night.

It was just the second time this season — and first time at the United Center — that the Blackhawks made it past 3-on-3 overtime. 

The last came on Dec. 2, 2017, a 3-2 shootout loss to the Stars in Dallas. On Wednesday night, the Blackhawks were on the other end, beating the Ottawa Senators 3-2 in a seven-round shootout. Nick Schmaltz netted the game-winner.

"We'll take it," coach Joel Quenneville said. "I thought we had a decent game tonight. Overtime not so good, I liked the shootout victory, Fors made some big saves for us particularly as the game got deeper. Our third was OK, I thought our first two were way better, and overtime we gave up some high quality, some bells were rings for a bit there. But it was nice to see the shootout win."

Patrick Kane had a goal and an assist, recording another multi-point game, his 16th of the season.

"I mean we need every point we can get at this point," Kane said. "There's still belief in this locker room. Obviously we need to go on quite a run and have a big record here down the stretch. But take it a game at a time and nice to get two points."

Anton Forsberg was a big reason the Blackhawks even recorded those two points. The 25-year-old netminder stopped 34 of 36 shots and made a handful of big saves down the stretch.

"It was really nice to get a win for sure," Forsberg said. "I would love to have a lot more wins, but right now just gotta look forward and get as many wins as possible."

Added Quenneville: "I think it was good for him to win a game the way he did. Lot of shots were on the line, as we progressed, got deeper, hitting the point first was big for him and for us and then finding a way to get the extra one was a good win."

Three Things to Watch: Blackhawks collide with Senators

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Three Things to Watch: Blackhawks collide with Senators

Here are Three Things to Watch when the Blackhawks take on the Ottawa Senators tonight on NBC Sports Chicago and streaming live on the NBC Sports app. Coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. with Blackhawks Pregame Live.

1. Trade chips.

The Blackhawks have reached the point in their season where they have no choice but to become sellers before the Feb. 26 deadline, and we saw that when they traded Michal Kempny to the Washington Capitals on Monday for a conditional third-round pick in 2018. Tommy Wingels could also be an attractive piece for a team looking to fill out their depth.

The Senators will definitely be sellers, and wow do they have some names potentially on the market that can fetch large returns: Derrick Brassard and Mike Hoffman are two players who log top-six minutes on a nightly basis and also have term left on their contract, which is great for teams looking to load up for this year and beyond.

The biggest name to watch, probably in the league altogether, is Erik Karlsson, who could be on the move if a team offers a big enough package for the Senators to pull the trigger now as opposed to in the offseason if they feel him re-signing is a long shot. He was the best defenseman last season, and if a team steps up to get him, they're getting two possible postseason runs out of him.

2. Artem Anisimov's experiment at left wing not working.

Joel Quenneville has tried rekindling the magic between Anisimov, Nick Schmaltz and Patrick Kane as of late, only this time Anisimov is playing the wing and it just hasn't been very effective. The trio was on the ice for each of the two 5-on-5 goals the Kings scored on Monday, and Anisimov completely lost his man on the first one.

It's important to establish a consistent left winger for Schmaltz and Kane, and maybe putting Alex DeBrincat up there is something you consider going forward as part of a long-term solution. Move Anisimov back down as the third-line center to play in more of a defensive role and continue using his big body on power plays for his offensive abilities might be the best bet.

3. Win the special teams battle.

In their last meeting against Ottawa on Jan. 9, the Blackhawks went 4-for-6 on the power play and 4-on-4 on the penalty kill in an 8-2 win. And those are two areas to look out for again.

The Senators own the 28th-ranked power play with a 16.1 percent success rate and 29th-ranked penalty kill with a 74.5 percent success rate. Get ready for another offensive outburst?