It’s not that long ago this was looking like a lost season for the Chicago Blackhawks. They fired long-time coach Joel Quenneville after getting off to a 6-6-3 start and initially things went from bad to worse under Jeremy Colliton. Through Dec. 16, Chicago was 10-19-6 and after Jan. 17th action, the Blackhawks were 16-24-9. From that point onward though, Chicago has won 10 of 12 games and a huge contributor to that has been Patrick Kane.
Kane has 11 goals and an unbelievable 27 points in over those 12 games, including another two goals on Wednesday in Chicago’s 5-4 overtime win against Detroit. His point streak has been going on even longer than that though, 19 games. If you hear that and think, didn’t Patrick Kane have a ridiculously long point streak a few years ago too, you’re right.
Patrick Kane now holds the two longest point streaks ever by a US-born player, per the NHL PR on Twitter. His streak in 2015-16 last 26 games, though in one way, this current run is already better. He had 40 points in that 26-game span, but he already has 41 points in his current 19-game point streak.
Meanwhile, Chicago is now just barely shy of a playoff spot. They have 61 points in 61 games while the Colorado Avalanche, who also won last night, hold the second Wild Card seed with 61 points in 60 contests.
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CHICAGO 5 DETROIT 4 (OT)
Patrick Kane scored two goals, including the overtime winner. He has 38 goals and 92 points in 60 games this season.
Erik Gustafsson assisted on three of the Blackhawks’ five goals. That gives him 12 goals and 41 points in 58 contests.
Though they fell short of the win, Anthony Mantha came up big for Detroit with four assists. He’s up to 14 goals and 28 points in 46 contests.
Cam Ward allowed four goals on 35 shots. This is the third straight game where he’s surrendered at least four goals, but he’s won two of those three contests.
COLORADO 7 WINNIPEG 1
Tyson Jost scored a goal and registered two assists. That gives him eight goals and 19 points in 48 games.
Carl Soderberg also had a goal and two assists for Colorado. He has 19 goals and 37 points in 60 contests.
Semyon Varlamov saved 26 of 27 Jets shots. He’s allowed just four goals over his last four games.
At the other end of the ice, Connor Hellebuyck stopped 39 of 46 shots. That’s the most goals he’s allowed in a single game so far this season. He’s allowed five goals on four separate occasions in 2018-19.
The Jets’ lone goal was netted by Kyle Connor. It was his 23rd goal and 45th point in 60 games.
CALGARY 4 NY ISLANDERS 2
Anders Lee scored a goal for the Islanders. With that, he’s reached the 20-goal and 40-point milestones in 59 games.
Thomas Greiss kicked out 28 of 32 shots last night. He’s 17-9-2 with a 2.26 GAA and .928 save percentage in 31 games.
Mikael Backlund netted a goal and registered an assist for the Flames. He has 15 goals and 35 points in 56 games.
Austin Czarnik scored the game-winning goal. It was his fifth marker and ninth point in 32 contests.
Mike Smith stopped 17 of 19 shots to pick up his third straight win. He’s 17-11-2 with a 3.02 GAA and .892 save percentage in 31 contests.
BOSTON 3 VEGAS 2 (SO)
Jaroslav Halak stopped 31 of 33 shots in regulation time. He allowed just one goal in six shootout rounds to earn the victory.
Marc-Andre Fleury saved 25 of 27 shots prior to the skills competition. He was then beaten twice in six shootout rounds.
Reilly Smith found the back of the net and registered an assist. He has 10 goals and 34 points in 55 games.
Brad Marchand scored a goal for the Bruins. It was his 24th goal and 71st point in 60 contests.
Jake DeBrusk accounted for Boston’s other regulation goal. He’s up to 19 goals and 29 points in 52 games.