Patrick Kane Scoring Streak Amongst the Best In NHL History
Patrick Kane a forward for the NHL Chicago Blackhawks is playing extraordinary hockey and is with elite company when it comes to stringing along points.
With an assist at the last second on an empty-net goal Sunday against Winnipeg in a 3-1 win, Kane was able to extend his consecutive game scoring streak to 22 games.
During that stretch, Kane has scored 13 goals and 23 assists.
In the process, he has broken the record for 21 games for Chicago held since 1971-72 by Bobby Hull.
Kane is also the holder of the longest scoring streak in the NHL by a player born in the U.S. He is nearing the streak set in 2010 by Sidney Crosby of 25 straight games.
When Chicago hosts Nashville Tuesday, Kane will look to continue a streak that has defied all odds.
An injury, great goaltending or just some bad luck all can cause a scoring streak to end. Besides Crosby, only Dany Heatley was the last to score in 22 consecutive games and that was done back in 2005-06.
Henrik Zetterberg scored in 24 straight games, but that spanned part of two seasons.
To put the streak by Kane into even further perspective, he has netted more points during the streak than any other player has scored the entire season this year.
Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn are tied for second, with 35 points, in scoring.
If Kane is able to score in each one of his upcoming six games, he would be just the seventh to score in 28 straight games in league history and the first in 30 straight since 1992-93.
Other players who have accomplished that feat include Guy LaFleur, Wayne Gretzky (four times), Mario Lemieux (two times), Paul Coffey and Steve Yzerman.
The all-time record for scoring in consecutive games is held by Gretzky at 51.
Scoring each night is much easier when your team is scoring a number of goals each game. During the streak by Gretzky to set the record at 51 games, his team was scoring 5.86 goals a game, while Kane’s Blackhawks are scoring only 2.90 per game.
During the streak, the Blackhawks have not scored over five goals in any games, while Gretzky’s Oilers scored 6 goals or more in 37 of the 51 games during his streak.
Tuesday, Kane is back at it and will look to push his streak to 23.