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Blackhawks: Sidney Crosby impressed with Patrick Kane's point streak

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Blackhawks: Sidney Crosby impressed with Patrick Kane's point streak

Patrick Kane's historic point streak is catching everyone's attention.

Wayne Gretzky, who holds the record with a 51-game point streak, commented on Kane's run earlier this week and discussed the chances of the Blackhawks star breaking his record.

On Friday, Kane will look to become the second player since 1992-93 to reach a point streak of 25 games when the Blackhawks take on the Winnipeg Jets at the United Center. The only other player to do that is Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby, who hit the 25-game mark during the 2010-11 campaign.

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And even he can't help but be impressed with Kane's season so far.

"It's impressive no matter what the game's like, to be honest with you," Crosby told NHL.com. "The consistency you need to have to be able to do that, it's really tough. You need some bounces along the way, but to be that consistent game after game, it's not easy. Everybody knows when they're playing against them, that's the guy they want to shut down. So for him to be able to continue to produce, yeah, that's really impressive."

Crosby knows how difficult it is to do what Kane is doing right now.

The last player to register a point streak of more than 25 games was Mats Sundin, who registered a 30-game point streak in 1992-93 with the then Quebec Nordiques before they relocated to Colorado and were renamed the Avalanche.

During that time period, the league average for goals per game was 3.63. In 1983-84 during Gretzky's record-setting 51-game point streak, it was up to 3.94.

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For Crosby in 2010-11, it was a mere 2.79 while the average during Kane's streak this year is 2.66.

Not only that, but as the streak continues to grow, there's more attention and outside pressure to keep it going.

"I think it's in the back of your mind," Crosby said. "I think that once it gets up there, I think everyone's aware of it. So you're trying to find a way to keep that streak going, but when you're playing that well, I think you're just confident in your game. You know that the points are going to come when they're coming like that. That's just how it works."

Capitals' Devante Smith-Pelly speaks out about 'racially charged chanting' at United Center

Capitals' Devante Smith-Pelly speaks out about 'racially charged chanting' at United Center

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.

Blackhawks release statement following incident that happened during game vs. Capitals

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Blackhawks release statement following incident that happened during game vs. Capitals

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: