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Patrick Kane ready to pass Bobby Hull for Blackhawks point-streak record

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Patrick Kane ready to pass Bobby Hull for Blackhawks point-streak record

Patrick Kane was at the Blackhawks’ season ticket holder party on Friday night when he saw Bobby Hull, whose point-streak record could be surpassed by Kane on Sunday.

“He was very supportive and he seems like he wants me to break the record,” said Kane, who would set a new franchise record if he extends his point streak to 22 consecutive games against the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday. “Hearing that support and knowing what’s in front of you, it’s pretty exciting. I’m just trying to worry about playing hockey today and even all day tomorrow. Today when I’m home relaxing, I’ll try not to think about it and just get ready for a game like I usually will.”

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Kane has already admitted he’s thought about the streak a lot. Those thoughts have intensified plenty these last few days, although Kane said he will try to keep his mind off things until the game tomorrow. It’s been an impressive point streak: over these past 21 games Kane has 13 goals and 22 assists (35 points). At a time when the NHL is once again talking about a lack of scoring, Kane has had no problems putting up points.

“It’s pretty remarkable,” coach Joel Quenneville said. “You saw last year’s scoring champions were probably down as low as we’ve seen, and [for] the top scorers in the game, averaging a point a game is hard to come by. You see how many shutouts are being pitched on a night-to-night basis, it’s very remarkable where he’s at right now with the streak. I don’t want to say he’s carried our team to this point of the season, but we’re certainly fortunate with his consistent contributions. Hopefully he keeps going.”

Kane has joked a few times that he’s made continuing that point streak difficult on himself; it almost ended against the Anaheim Ducks on Nov. 27 before he assisted on Duncan Keith’s goal with 26.6 seconds remaining in regulation. He’s been quicker getting on the board lately; Kane had the Blackhawks’ first goal – and against Minnesota, its only goal – these last three games.

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“It’s not like he’s been getting any fluky points. It’s all been him creating, making something happen and scoring or being the direct result that leads to a goal. It’s been awesome,” Trevor van Riemsdyk said. “It doesn’t seem to be fazing him one bit; he’s just going about his business. He’s been just unbelievable. It’s been awesome to watch, whether you’re on the ice with him or on the bench watching. You know every time he’s out there, he’s going to be dangerous.”

Kane’s already put up impressive numbers this season. Setting a new franchise mark could be one more.

“If it’s meant to be, it’s meant to be. If not, then I think it’s been a pretty good run,” Kane said. “[Hull’s] words of encouragement are, ‘get it done early then you can enjoy it.’ It’s been a pretty cool run and whatever happens from here happens.”

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:

Cue Chelsea Dagger: Blackhawks blow out Capitals to snap eight-game losing streak

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Cue Chelsea Dagger: Blackhawks blow out Capitals to snap eight-game losing streak

Win one game.

That was Joel Quenneville’s message during the Blackhawks’ eight-game losing streak, which finally came to an end on Saturday night.

How about a 7-1 victory over the Washington Capitals on home ice for a streak-breaker? Now that’s more like it.

Prior to Saturday, the Blackhawks hadn’t recorded a win in February — or a win at the United Center since Jan. 12. 

Though the Blackhawks will likely miss the playoffs for the first time since Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane were rookies, a blowout win over the leaders of the Metropolitan Division Capitals had to have felt great.

"It’s a nice way to get over the hump," Toews said. "Sometimes you might just win a 2-1 game or just kind of grind it out, but it was nice for us to fill the net the way we did tonight."

Added Joel Quenneville, "Certainly feels 100 times better than coming in and trying to explain how we had a lead and were unable to sustain it. The complete 60 minutes, three periods the right way, more consistency in our game, way more pace than we’ve seen recently, composure with the puck, shooting around the net. It was fun but that’s one. Let’s see how we respond to this because there’s a lot of hockey left."

The Blackhawks are 25-26-8 with 58 points, and are 11 points out the final wild card spot, currently held by the Minnesota Wild.

Among the highlights:

— Seven different Blackhawks scored: Toews, Kane, Alex DeBrincat, Brandon Saad, Artem Anisimov, Nick Schmaltz, Ryan Hartman

— The Blackhawks are 74-6-4 in the regular season in which Kane and Toews both record a goal — and 41-0-0 in their last 41 games, according to NBC Sports Chicago stats guru Chris Kamka.

— Kane registered career assist No. 500, becoming the sixth Blackhawk with 500 or more. Kane is also the seventh U.S.-born player with 300-plus goals and 500-plus assists, joining Mike Modano, Keith Tkachuk, Jeremy Roenick, Pat LaFontaine, Joe Mullen and Phil Housley, according to Kamka.

"You think about the amount of great Americans that have played the game, how many players actually play hockey in the United States... Growing up all I wanted to do was play hockey," Kane said. "That means a lot, especially when you talk about American-born players."

— DeBrincat's 22nd goal of the season has him tied for the rookie-lead with Tampa Bay Lightning's Yanni Gourde. DeBrincat and Kane also lead the Blackhawks with 22 goals.