Patrick Kane's point streak reached 20 games, the longest in the NHL this season, when he scored late in the second period of the Chicago Blackhawks' 5-3 loss to the Colorado Avalanche at United Center on Friday.
Kane also extended his goal streak to five games. He is second in the NHL in points (93; 39 goals, 54 assists) behind Tampa Bay Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov (100 points; 30 goals, 70 assists) and in goals behind Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin (43).
It's the second time in his career that Kane has had a point streak of at least 20 games; he had a 26-game streak from Oct. 17-Dec. 13, 2015. He's the seventh player in NHL history to record multiple point streaks of at least 20 games; Wayne Gretzky tops that list with seven.
Kane moved within one of reaching the 40-goal mark for the second time in his NHL career; he had 46 in 2015-16, when he won the Art Ross Trophy by leading the League with 106 points. The 30-year-old forward would become the third player in Blackhawks history to score 40 goals at age 30 or older, joining Bobby Hull (1968-69, 1970-71, 1971-72) and Jim Pappin (1972-73).
Soderberg reaches 20-goal mark for first time in Avalanche win
Forward J.T. Compher scored the go-ahead goal with 5:22 remaining in the third period against Chicago to help the Avalanche win for the fourth time in five games (4-1-0). Colorado (26-24-11) remained one point behind the Minnesota Wild (29-27-6), a 3-2 winner against the Detroit Red Wings, for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference.
Forward Carl Soderberg scored twice to reach the 20-goal mark for the first time in his NHL career; the 33-year-old has 21 in 61 games. Soderberg is the ninth player in NHL history to have his first 20-goal season at age 33 or older, and the first since Joel Ward of the Washington Capitals in 2013-14.
Laine ends goal drought, powers Jets past Golden Knights
Forward Patrick Laine scored twice to snap a 15-game goal drought and help the Winnipeg Jets defeat the Vegas Golden Knights 6-3 at T-Mobile Arena. Winnipeg (37-20-4) ended a three-game slide (0-2-1) and moved past the Nashville Predators (36-22-5) for first place in the Central Division.
Jets coach Paul Maurice earned his 685th regular-season victory, moving him past Pat Quinn (684) for sole possession of eighth place on the NHL's all-time list among coaches. Ken Hitchcock of the Edmonton Oilers (838) and Barry Trotz of the New York Islanders (795), who rank third and fourth all-time, respectively, are the only active coaches with more wins.
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Blue Jackets defeat Senators after acquiring Duchene in trade
Matt Duchene was scoreless with his new team against his old one, but Sergei Bobrovsky made 22 saves to help the Columbus Blue Jackets move back into a playoff position by defeating the Ottawa Senators 3-0 at Canadian Tire Centre.
The 28-year-old center had to change locker rooms several hours before game time after the Senators traded him to Columbus for two prospects, a first-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft and a conditional first-round choice in the 2020 NHL Draft. He had three shots on goal and won nine of 17 faceoffs.
Columbus (34-23-3) moved past the Pittsburgh Penguins (32-33-7) and Carolina Hurricanes (23-23-6) into third place in the Metropolitan Division, bumping the Penguins down to the second wild card from the East and dropping Carolina out of a playoff position.
The shutout was Bobrovsky's 16th in the regular season since the start of the 2016-17 season. He's tied with Tampa Bay's Andrei Vasilevskiy for the most in the NHL during that span.