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.”