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Blackhawks: Patrick Kane point streak tracker

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Blackhawks: Patrick Kane point streak tracker

Patrick Kane's historic 26-game point streak ended Tuesday in the Blackhawks' loss to the Avalanche. Here's a look back at each of the games in which Kane 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.

Three Things to Watch: Blackhawks hit road to face Blue Jackets

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Three Things to Watch: Blackhawks hit road to face Blue Jackets

Here are Three Things to Watch when the Blackhawks take on the Columbus Blue Jackets tonight on NBC Sports Chicago and streaming live on the NBC Sports app. Coverage begins at 5:30 p.m. with Blackhawks Pregame Live.

1. One big reunion.

The Blackhawks will square off with the Blue Jackets for the first time since Oct. 7, which was the second game of the season. In that game, they won 5-1 led by Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Brandon Saad, each of whom scored a goal and added an assist.

Of course, that was the first game since the offseason trade that sent Artemi Panarin to Columbus and Saad back to Chicago, along with Anton Forsberg. Artem Anisimov, of course, was part of the original deal that sent Saad to Columbus in 2015, so there are a lot of emotional ties between the two teams.

Forsberg didn't get a chance to face the Blue Jackets in the first meeting, but there's a chance he will this time with it being the second of a back-to-back and Jean-Francois Berube getting the start in Friday's 3-1 win over San Jose.

2. Panarin and Kane bromance.

The emotions of a difficult break-up have probably died down by now, but Panarin and Kane gave us this moment at center ice during pregame warmups in their first game against each other and it hit Chicago right in the feels:

Panarin has spent enough time apart from Kane for people to realize how big of a star he is in his own right, leading the Blue Jackets in all three scoring categories: goals (17), assists (32) and points (49).

He hasn't gone more than three games this season without recording a point, and is looking to extend his point streak to four games, which would tie a season high.

3. Struggling Blue Jackets special teams.

The Blue Jackets got off to a great start but are barely clinging onto a wild card spot going into Saturday's game, and a big reason for that slide is their lack of success on special teams. Usually one can pick up the slack for the other, but they've been brutal in both departments.

The Blue Jackets are 0-for-9 on the power play in their past five games and are ranked 31st overall, converting on only 14.1 percent of their opportunities. They also have own the 27th-ranked penalty kill with a 76.3 percent success rate.

So if there's an area the Blackhawks can exploit, it's that. But, you know, still be mindful of that Russian winger's one-timer from the faceoff circle.

Jean-Francois Berube impressed in his first Blackhawks start

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Jean-Francois Berube impressed in his first Blackhawks start

Jean-Francois Berube got his first start of the season on Friday night, and it couldn't have gone any better.

The 26-year-old goaltender stopped 42 of 43 shots, a career-high for him in saves, in the Blackhawks' 3-1 win over the San Jose Sharks at the United Center.

Since Corey Crawford went down with a head injury last December, the Blackhawks have been searching for consistency in the crease. 

The pair of Anton Forsberg and Jeff Glass — who was assigned to Rockford on Feb. 15 and replaced with Berube — have had their ups and downs since then. With the Blackhawks out of the playoff picture, Berube had an opportunity showcase his skills, and he didn't disappoint.

"We were very happy with him," said coach Joel Quenneville. "I thought he did a great job. He was comfortable. I thought he was very patient in his net. Absorbing a lot of pucks with people in front of him was good. Closed some gaps and got … of the top of the paint. Rebound control was effective. Nice response from a long absence."

Berube's last — and only — appearance with the Blackhawks prior to Friday's game came on Dec. 6, relieving Forsberg in a game against the Washington Capitals. He recorded 12 saves of 14 shots. 

When Crawford got injured, Berube was the primary candidate to become the team's backup goaltender. The only problem? He was injured too, so the Blackhawks promoted Glass.

"I didn't want to sit and think about it," Berube said of his injury. "At the same time, it was great for Glasser. He was one of those guys that probably deserved it earlier in his career and he finally got his chance. Sometimes you need a guy to go down to have your chance. So I was mostly happy for him.

On Friday night, he got his chance.

"You always want to have a good impression for your first game," Berube said. "I know what I can do at this level, so it was just a matter of getting the opportunity to play and showing people what I can do."

Celebrating his 22nd birthday, Nick Schmaltz also had a goal and an assist. Artem Anisimov scored an empty-netter.

"It's a lot more fun coming to the rink when you're winning, enjoying each other, playing well as a team," Schmaltz said of the Blackhawks' win, which have now won three of their last four games. "Hopefully we can keep that good energy and bring it to the rink every day, and build off of that.

"You never know where this team can go, a lot of great players, lots of guys that have had a lot of success. Hopefully we can continue to put together solid efforts."