With his assist on Duncan Keith’s game-tying goal on Friday night, Patrick Kane has now tied the record for the longest point streak ever by an American-born NHL player. He’s put up a point in 18 straight games.
It almost didn’t look like Kane was going to get the point, what with the Anaheim Ducks up 2-1 against the Chicago Blackhawks with less than half a minute remaining. But the forward fired the puck up to Brent Seabrook, who dished to Keith, who slapped it past goalie John Gibson for the 2-2 marker. Chicago went on to win the game 3-2 in overtime, by the way.
Kane has now tied the record with Ed Olczyk and Phil Kessel.
Olczyk set the mark with the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1989-1990 season. He finished that year with 88 points in 79 games, including 32 goals. But his best statistical season came the year prior, when he put up 90 points in 80 games.
Kessel set the mark with the Boston Bruins back in 2008-2009. The Madison-born forward had 60 points in 70 games that season, including 36 goals. His best season to date has been with the Maple Leafs, where he recorded 82 points in 82 games in 2011-2012.
As good as both Olczyk and Kessel were or are, Kane is statistically much more dominant.
This season alone, he’s already registered 35 points in 23 games. He has six power play goals and four game-winners. In 599 career games, he has 592 points. Contrasting that, Olczyk had 794 points in 1,031 career games.
“You look at the players…the two guys that are part of that record, Kessel and Olczyk, that’s some pretty elite company,” Kane said after reaching the milestone. “It’s been a fun little ride here. It seems like I’m making it a little difficult on myself here, with the last few games, but it’s something you try not to think about.”
Kane started this point streak against the Columbus Blue Jackets back on October 17 and has registered 29 points since then, including 10 goals. From November 2-15, by the way, he was on a seven-game goal-scoring streak.
Right now, Kane leads the National Hockey League in points. He’s second overall in goals, first in assists, third in plus-minus. Dallas’ Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin are closing in on him in most offensive categories, however, and could make things interesting as the season continues. Vladimir Tarasenko is tied with Kane’s 13 goals, too, and he could be part of the conversation.