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Patrick Kane extends point streak to 23 games

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CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane extended his point streak to 23 games on an empty-net goal with 1:36 remaining against the Nashville Predators at United Center on Tuesday.

"[I had] a couple chances to get something earlier in the game," Kane said. "To be honest with you, I wasn't thinking about it too much until you go out there in the end there and you hear the crowd cheering and you know they're looking for something. That's when you want to get something at the end."

It was Kane's 600th NHL point (222 goals, 378 assists in 604 games). Chicago won 4-1.

Kane has 14 goals and 23 assists during the streak, which began with an empty-net goal Oct. 17 against the Columbus Blue Jackets, the sixth game of the season.

"We have to play the right way here," Kane said of his line with Artemi Panarin and Artem Anisimov. "Maybe they’re overpassing a little bit the last game, but tonight we just want to play the same way. I was telling Anisimov and Panarin just play the way we know how and things will happen, so we had some chances. Things could've went in, but hopefully we can get back to producing like we were a little bit before."

Kane's empty-net, third-period assist Sunday against the Winnipeg Jets extended the streak to 22 games, which broke Bobby Hull's Blackhawks record of 21 straight established Dec. 5 to Jan. 23 during the 1971-72 season.

Edmonton Oilers forward Wayne Gretzky holds the NHL record with a 51-game streak (1983-84 season). Gretzky had 61 goals and 92 assists during his streak.

"I just hope he breaks the record and then goes on and chases Gretzky," Hull said Sunday. "It's only 30 (more games). It's not a big deal. He can get 30 more, I'm sure."

Kane is the third NHL player since 1992-93 to have a point streak of at least 22 games, joining Ottawa Senators forward Dany Heatley (22 games; Oct. 5 to Nov. 29, 2005), and Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (25 games; Nov. 5 to Dec. 28, 2010), according to Elias Sports Bureau.

Kane's first-period goal against the Los Angeles Kings on Nov. 28 gave him the record for most consecutive games with a point by an American-born player at 19. That goal broke a tie with Eddie Olczyk (Toronto Maple Leafs, 1989-90) and Phil Kessel (Boston Bruins, 2008-09).

Kane's streak almost ended at 17 games on Nov. 27 against the Anaheim Ducks, but he had an assist on Duncan Keith's goal with 27 seconds remaining in the third period of a 3-2 overtime win.

His assist Sunday came on an empty-net goal by Panarin with 1:46 remaining.

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