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Patrick Kane sets points streak record

Patrick Kane scored an empty net goal late in a game between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Columbus Blue Jackets on October 17th. Little did anyone know at the time, that was the start of a record-breaking run.

Kane got a point in the next game, and the next one, and the one after that. As the games piled up, so did Kane’s points. His streak passed the 18 straight games that Eddie Olczyk (1999-00) and Phil Kessel (2008-09)had, that set the record for points streak by an American-born player.

Kane also blew past the 21 games that Bobby Hull had in 1971-72 that set the franchise record.

Kane’s streak would last until December 15th, when the Colorado Avalanche shut out the Blackhawks. The final number was 26, the longest since Mats Sundin had a streak of 30 in 1992-93.

Over that time, the Blackhawks went 15-7-4. Kane had 16 goals and 24 assists.

And he was the talk of the town for something positive.

Kane was investigated for a possible sexual assault during the summer. No charges were ultimately filed, and Kane and his teammates could concentrate on the season.

Boy, did Kane concentrate.

For Kane, the streak was magical but tiring as well.

“It was a good run,” Kane said. “I didn’t have it so now I can just focus on playing hockey and it’ll be nice not to talk about it anymore.

“There were a lot of games when it seemed like we were down and out and you end up getting something at the end. But you know, it was fun breaking the American record. And to break (Bobby Hull’s) franchise record too, that was pretty special as well. It was definitely fun while it lasted.”

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