Patrick Kane, who’s currently on a 19-game point streak, was named the NHL’s No. 1 star for November.
Kane led the league with 15 assists and 23 points; he recorded at least one point in all 13 of the Blackhawks’ November games. His point streak is the second-best in franchise history; Bobby Hull went on a 21-game point streak from Dec. 1971-Jan. 1972.
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The second line overall of Kane, Artemi Panarin and Artem Anisimov has been stellar but Kane has been tremendous. Kane has had a few good scoring streaks in his past, but is this his best stretch ever?
“If you’re going off the stats I guess so, yeah,” Kane said. “I’ve had some good runs in my career, it seems like. I think a couple years ago (2013) I had a 14-game streak and then missed a game then went on another 12-game streak. Then me, [Brad Richards] and [Kris] Versteeg had some great times last year — for a couple months there I thought we were rolling pretty good. It’s fun when you’re rolling good and you want to keep it going. We’ve had fun together playing with that line with two Russians. Just looking to keep improving, getting better every day.”
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The Blackhawks have been looking for some consistency throughout this season. Kane has had plenty.
“Happy for him,” coach Joel Quenneville said. “He’s been terrific; he’s one of the reasons why we had an effective trip. Game in and game out, you know there’s something coming. He energizes our team right now. That line, they’ve all been complimenting each other and it’s been our go-to group. It’s been effective in a lot of ways, helps some of the consistency in our game. At least there’s consistent production in that area but the overall game, I think, was much better in this last road trip. But that last staple’s been in place and Kane’s been amazing.”
After being on the receiving end of some racist taunts while he was in the penalty box during Saturday's game against the Blackhawks, Capitals winger Devante Smith-Pelly spoke publicly about the incident.
Smith-Pelly, a 25-year-old Canadian, reacted to the fans while he was in the box, going up to them from the other side of the glass. He addressed questions from the media about the incident on Sunday.
"I just heard some chanting, some, I guess, racially charged chanting," Smith-Pelly said. "You can tell by my reaction that I got pretty upset.
"What was said this time around crossed the line."
The Capitals released a statement about the incident:
"The Washington Capitals are extremely disappointed by the intolerant behavior extended toward Devante Smith-Pelly by a select group of fans during Saturday night's game against the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center. The Capitals organization strives to be inclusive and has zero tolerance concerning any form of racism. Such behavior is unacceptable and has no place in hockey or society. As such, it is crucial to confront such appalling conduct, and the Capitals extend their appreciation to the Blackhawks organization and United Center security for swiftly removing the fans from the game."
The Blackhawks released a statement after the game with a similar tone.
Smith-Pelly said this has happened previously in his career.
"It's sad that in 2018 we're still talking about the same thing over and over," Smith-Pelly said. "It's sad that athletes like myself 30, 40 years ago were standing in the same spot saying the same thing. You'd think there'd be some sort of change or progression, but we're still working towards it I guess and we're going to keep working towards it."
The Capitals released the full interview.
Four fans at the United Center were thrown out of Saturday's Blackhawks game for taunting Washington Capitals forward Devante Smith-Pelly with racist remarks.
Midway through the third period, Smith-Pelly, who is black, was in the penalty box when fans shouted "basketball, basketball, basketball" at him, the Washington Post reported.
Here is a GIF of Smith-Pelly's interaction with the fans:
After the game, the Blackhawks released this statement:
Capitals head coach Barry Trotz also had this to say about the incident: