CHICAGO -- It didn't take long for Patrick Kane to extend his point streak to 26 games in the Chicago Blackhawks' 4-0 win against the Vancouver Canucks at United Center on Sunday.
Kane got a secondary assist on Duncan Keith's power-play goal 11:51 into the first period. His pass to Keith started the sequence that led to the goal. Keith initially set up rookie left wing Artemi Panarin for a one-timer that hit the left post, and got a pass back from Panarin off the rebound for his own shot.
"I passed it and it went in 10 or 15 seconds later," Kane said. "I actually didn't know I got an assist until I heard them announce it. I was hoping they didn't get it wrong and then maybe they've got to call it back."
Kane's streak is the longest in the NHL since Mats Sundin went 30 games for the Quebec Nordiques in 1992-93. The Blackhawks are 15-7-4 during Kane's streak.
Kane passed Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins, who had a 25-game streak during the 2010-11 season. Two other players had a streak of 25 games since 1990-91: Brett Hull (St. Louis Blues, 1991-92) and Wayne Gretzky (Los Angeles Kings, 1990-91).
Kane has 16 goals and 24 assists during his streak, which began with an empty-net goal Oct. 17 against the Columbus Blue Jackets, Chicago's sixth game of the season.
"It's not a question of if he's going to score," Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews said. "It's kind of when he's going to get on the board somehow. He's just got that knack. I think when he's feeling it, and he's feeling confident, there's not much he can't do with the puck, and eventually something's going to happen for him."
Gretzky holds the NHL record with a 51-game streak for the Edmonton Oilers that started the 1983-84 season. Gretzky had 61 goals and 92 assists during his streak.
Kane's streak is a Blackhawks record and for an American-born player. Chicago hosts the Colorado Avalanche at United Center on Tuesday (8:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CSN-CH).
The next best streak this season is nine games (Erik Karlsson, Ottawa Senators; David Krejci, Boston Bruins; Bobby Ryan, Senators).
"It's pretty special," Keith said. "He creates something every night. A lot of it has to do with his work ethic and his desire, and how much he cares. His skill level gets talked about a lot, but one thing that doesn't get mentioned as much is how much he cares, and how he wants to be the best."