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.”
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.”