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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.

Hawks Talk Podcast: Thoughts on Corey Crawford's season debut

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Hawks Talk Podcast: Thoughts on Corey Crawford's season debut

In the latest Hawks Talk Podcast, Pat Boyle, Jamal Mayers and Charlie Roumeliotis recap Corey Crawford’s season debut after missing nearly 10 months with a concussion.

Mayers talks about the Kitty system that Niklas Hjalmarsson and Vinnie Hinostroza probably dealt with in their returns to Chicago.

The guys also discuss what’s next for Crawford, the upcoming matchup against Artemi Panarin and the Columbus Blue Jackets, and the Blackhawks’ biggest areas for improvement.

Listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player below, and be sure to subscribe, rate us and write a review!

Four takeaways: Blackhawks suffer first regulation loss, but Corey Crawford looks sharp in season debut

Four takeaways: Blackhawks suffer first regulation loss, but Corey Crawford looks sharp in season debut

Here are four takeaways from the Blackhawks' 4-1 loss to the Arizona Coyotes at the United Center on Thursday:

1. Return of the Crow

The Blackhawks got their man back between the pipes after a 10-month layoff due to a concussion. And he looked like same old "Crow."

Crawford stopped 27 of 30 shots for a save percentage of .900. He faced 12 shots and eight scoring chances in the first period, but nothing too out of the ordinary. The biggest save he made was on a Michael Grabner breakaway in the third period, bailing out a turnover in the neutral zone.

"I think I felt better in the second and third," Crawford said. "But they really didn’t get that many opportunities early. It was nice. I think they flipped one in for the first one, so that was kind of good just to get in it and feel one early. We were close in that one all game and we created a lot. I thought [Antti] Raanta played really well.

"It was a tough, tough break at the end. Still felt I should have stopped that one. We were right there, we were creating a lot and gotta try to come up with that one. Just gotta forget about it and worry about the next game."

2. Alex DeBrincat, Jonathan Toews extend point streaks

The hot start continues for the Blackhawks' two leading scorers, both of whom assisted on Erik Gustafsson's goal in the second period to stretch their point streaks to six games. DeBrincat and Toews each have 10 points this season.

3. Overtime streak ends

The Blackhawks made history by forcing five straight overtime games to start the season, something no team has ever done in the four major sports (NBA, NFL, NHL, MLB). But they didn't have the comeback magic in them this time.

Entering Thursday, the Blackhawks were 1-0-1 when trailing after two periods. They were 5-28-2 last season for a win percentage of .143.

4. Familiar faces, new places

Five former Blackhawks took the ice for the Coyotes: Vinnie Hinostroza, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Jordan Oesterle, Richard Panik and Antti Raanta.

It was Hjalmarsson's first trip back to Chicago since being traded in the 2017 offseason. He received a nice video tribute during the second TV timeout of the first period, which made him very emotional.

"I almost got emotional too seeing his reaction," Toews said. "He's one of those guys you'll never forget what he meant to this locker room. He was a quiet guy in the room but we all know how he played and put everyone else before himself. Pretty cool reaction from the fans too. I think we were all sad to see him leave this locker room, he did a lot of special things and was a massive part of our championship wins. Happy for him to get that reception. It's well-deserved and obviously we miss having him around."

As far as the game, Hjalmarsson logged a team-high 22:18 of ice time and blocked three shots. Oesterle registered a secondary assist on Arizona's first goal, which was its first 5-on-5 of the season.

Hinostroza, who was also part of the Marian Hossa trade over the summer, scored twice in his return to his hometown, beating Crawford with a wrist shot to make it 2-1 in the second period and an empty-netter in the third; his second goal turned out to be the game winner, the fourth of his career and first as a member of the Coyotes.

Panik recorded four shot attempts (three on goal). And Raanta improved to 16-0-3 in his career at the United Center, a remarkable record for any goaltender in any situation.