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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 Talk Podcast: Blackhawks show urgency vs. the undefeated

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Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Blackhawks show urgency vs. the undefeated

The Blackhawks finally got on the board for the season and did so in front of the 500th consecutive capacity crowd at the United Center.

Pat Boyle, Jamal Mayers and Charlie Roumeliotis break down the impressive performance by the Blackhawks against the undefeated Edmonton Oilers and discuss how Jeremy Colliton’s message got through to Alex Nylander and the rest of the team.

Plus, after an impressive performance in net, should Corey Crawford get the next game vs. the Blue Jackets? And what does the future have in store for Kirby Dach? Jamal makes a bold prediction.

0:54 – Blackhawks finally show urgency in 2nd period

2:47 – Penalty kill starting to show some life

5:00 – Thoughts on the Shaw/Strome/Kane line

6:43 – Blackhawks eliminating some defensive breakdowns

9:23 – Big rebound performance from Corey Crawford

11:36 – Colliton’s message to Alex Nylander got through

15:21 – Brandon Saad has been a pleasant surprise early on

17:15 – Dominik Kubalik’s impressive performance

18:31 – Will Kirby Dach be with the Blackhawks all season?

22:42 – Does Crawford or Lehner start vs. the Blue Jackets?

Listen to the entire episode here or in the embedded player below.

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Four takeaways: Corey Crawford shines in Blackhawks first win of the season

Four takeaways: Corey Crawford shines in Blackhawks first win of the season

Here are four takeaways from the Blackhawks' 3-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers at the United Center on Monday:

1. Blackhawks are in the win column

The Blackhawks said after morning skate that they weren't going to "freak out" about their 0-2-1 start despite talking all training camp long about how they didn't want to dig a hole in October. Still, Monday felt like a game they had to win going into a three-day break because they have to start generating some positive vibes within the locker room.

And they did just that.

The Blackhawks handed the Oilers their first loss of the season (5-1-0), but more importantly, they're finally in the win column for the 2019-20 campaign.

"We played really well," Corey Crawford said. "I think everyone was going. Guys were coming back to help out defensively, and just a good team effort. The PK was strong, even though we gave up that one [late], it was strong early in the game. Just nice to win the first one."

2. Second period? That's more like it

The Blackhawks have been happy with their first periods this season. They've been mostly happy with their thirds. It's the middle frame that's been their downfall.

The team addressed those struggles as a team the morning of the game, and they certainly responded.

According to Natural Stat Trick, the Blackhawks led in shot attempts (32-8), even-strength scoring chances (16-6), even-strength high danger chances (5-4) and, of course, the goal column (1-0) in the second period. That's more like it.

"That was the message today from the coaches was how much better we need to be in the second," Connor Murphy said. "We showed examples of when we've done that in the past and what it takes. I think we were just better at staying on our toes and we drew some penalties and got on the forecheck quick and kept their goalie from being able to make plays and for them to be able to come up ice."

3. Corey Crawford shines

You could've made a good argument that Robin Lehner should've started this game, especially coming off a solid outing on Saturday and his career numbers against the Oilers (5-1-2 with a 1.86 goals-against average and .943 save percentage). But the coaching staff went with Crawford and it proved to be the correct decision.

Crawford stopped 27 of 28 shots for a save percentage of .964 and faced nine high-danger chances at 5-on-5, none of which found the back of the net. His lone goal against came with 2:11 left in regulation and it was on a 6-on-4 power play for the Oilers. Overall, he was fantastic.

"He looked sharp as ever," coach Jeremy Colliton said. "He was really good. He did make some saves for us. That team has some weapons so they had some opportunities and he was there and just he's under control. It's something I've said about him before, he really gives the team confidence. I thought tonight he was really good."

4. Blackhawks shut down Oilers' top guns

The first line of Leon Draisaitl, Zack Kassian and Connor McDavid went into Monday tied for the most goals scored as a trio. When the three of them are on the ice at 5-on-5, they're controlling 57.1 percent of the shot attempts, 61.2 percent of the scoring chances and 68.8 percent of the high danger chances.

The Blackhawks held them in check. That line had 14 shot attempts for and 20 against at 5-on-5 and were on the ice for 11 scoring chances. The third line of David Kampf, Dominik Kubalik and Brandon Saad did a terrific job of shutting them down.

"They all just got real big motors, big engine," Colliton said of the Saad-Kampf-Kubalik line. "They work and compete and they all bring a little bit different ingredient. ... Pleased with that line."

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