With 1 minute and 46 seconds to spare in a 3-1 win over Winnipeg on Sunday, Patrick Kane registered an assist to extend his point streak to 22 games, breaking Bobby Hull's record set in 1971-72 for longest in Blackhawks history.
And Kane did so by recording one of the most unique assists of his career.
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According to Rule 79.1, "a player shall be permitted to stop or "bat" a puck in the air with his open hand, or push it along the ice with his hand, and the play shall not be stopped unless, in the opinion of the Referee, he has directed the puck to a teammate."
However, Rule 79.2 states that "play will not be stopped for any hand pass by players in their own defending zone," making Kane's historic assist and record-breaking point on Artemi Panarin's empty-net goal a legal hand pass.
Here's the play:
From a different angle:
Kane's pass led to this goal by Panarin, who buried home the empty-netter.
Kane breathes a sigh of relief and can't help but laughs in the fashion in which be broke the franchise record.
And then there's Hull, who before the game told reporters he was rooting for Kane to break his record, celebrating with the 22,000-plus in attendance after witnessing history.
Smiles for everybody!