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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."

Hawks Talk Podcast: Crawford's return, Saad's demotion and power play concerns

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Hawks Talk Podcast: Crawford's return, Saad's demotion and power play concerns

In the latest Hawks Talk Podcast, Pat Boyle, Charlie Roumeliotis and Slavko Bekovic provide their thoughts on the Blackhawks’ 3-0-2 start.

They also discuss Brandon Saad’s demotion and whether it could serve as a wake-up call, Corey Crawford’s potential return on Thursday vs. Arizona and what could happen with Anton Forsberg because of it, and address the power play concerns.

The guys wrap up the podcast by making a few bold predictions going forward.

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

10 years with 'Coach Q' anything but ordinary

10 years with 'Coach Q' anything but ordinary

Over the last 10 years, the words “ordinary” and "OK" have taken on a new meaning to Blackhawks players and fans alike. 

That’s “Coach Q” speak. 

A language where “ordinary” means awful and “just OK” means you were a non-factor. The good news is the last 10 seasons under Joel Quenneville have been anything but ordinary at the United Center. 

On Oct. 16th, 2008, the Blackhawks let go of fan-favorite Denis Savard after a 1-2-1 start to the season and named Quenneville as head coach in his place. Quenneville coached the Colorado Avalanche the previous season, but after another disappointing exit in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the two mutually parted ways. He had originally planned to stay away from the bench for at least a season, but the Blackhawks triumvirate of Rocky Wirtz, John McDonough and then-GM Dale Tallon brought Quenneville on as a scout and then handed him the keys to the car shortly after.

“Dale’s obligation is to put together a winning team,” said McDonough at Quenneville’s introductory press conference. “At this point, Joel is the coach of that team.”

It was an emotional day at the Blackhawks offices. Savard – a Blackhawks legend on the ice and a coach the players held in high regard – was let go just as things started to turn upwards for the organization. The end of the 2007-2008 season saw the Blackhawks once again miss out on the playoffs, but the fans began to flock to the United Center once more, and the hype train around the young team built around Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane was gaining steam.

“Moving forward, if we want to be a championship-caliber organization, we have to make tough decisions,” said Tallon. “This was the toughest decision I’ve ever had to make.” 

Savard was 65-66-16 in parts of three seasons as head coach of the Blackhawks. Meanwhile, Quenneville had compiled eight 95+ point seasons behind the bench for the Blues and Avalanche in his 11 years as a head coach.

“We felt the experience and the track record of Joel would be a balance that we needed with a young, inexperienced team,” said Tallon. "Joel brings us a wealth of experience and a winning track record that will have an immediate and lasting impact."

The gamble paid off for the Blackhawks in a major way. Once Quenneville took over, the team got to the sought-after next level. 

They finished the 08-09 season with 104 points, third-most in the NHL’s Western Conference, had a franchise-record setting 9-game win streak in the month of December and returned to the playoffs for the first time since the 2001-2002 season. The “young and inexperienced” Blackhawks took the league by storm, dropping the Calgary Flames in the first round of the playoffs in six games before taking down the rival Canucks in the next round.

They ultimately lost out to the Detroit Red Wings in the Western Conference Finals, but the bar was now set for the organization. From then on, the Blackhawks were Stanley Cup contenders. 

Quenneville currently ranks 2nd in franchise history with 449 wins, trailing only Billy Reay’s 516. 

But most importantly, Quenneville’s 76 playoff wins rank at the top in the organization’s long and storied history, and those three Stanley Cups that he’s raised over his head were anything but “ordinary.”