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Patrick Kane extends streak to 25 games, ties Crosby

by Brian Hedger /

CHICAGO -- Patrick Kane extended his point streak to 25 games with a power-play goal 10:36 into the second period of a 2-0 win against the Winnipeg Jets at United Center on Friday, tying Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby's streak in 2010-11 as the longest since the 1992-93 season.

Kane has broken records held by Bobby Hull, Eddie Olczyk and Phil Kessel for longest point streak by an American-born player (Olczyk and Kessel, 18) and longest in Chicago Blackhawks history (Hull, 21).

"It's not really important, but I think it's one of those things when you realize what elite company you're in, when you're with these great players that have had these great streaks, it definitely humbles you," said Kane, who leads the NHL with 45 points and is second in goals with 19. "I obviously feel honored and very fortunate to be involved with names like those."

Crosby had 26 goals and 24 assists during his 25-game streak; Kane has 16 goals, including nine on the power play, and 23 assists during his.

Kane's streak began with an empty-net goal Oct. 17 against the Columbus Blue Jackets, Chicago's sixth game of the season.

"It's something I'm trying not to think about too much," Kane said. "I just go out and play the game. The last few games, I don't think I've played as well as I probably could've, but sometimes you end up with those chances and you can take advantage of getting points. Now, I'm kind of looking just to improve on my game."

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

"If Patrick can keep this going, good for him. It's great for hockey," Gretzky told "Hockey Central" on Wednesday. "And if he gets to 50, 51, I'll be the first guy to go to the game."

Kane needed a third-period point (two on empty-net goals) in the prior three games to extend his streak. He took care of it earlier against the Jets, scoring midway through the second period to put Chicago up 2-0.

After sending a cross-ice pass to Teuvo Teravainen, Kane got a quick pass back from Teravainen in the left faceoff circle and put a snap shot to the short side of the net to beat rookie goalie Connor Hellebuyck.

"That was a great pass," Kane said. "It was one of those plays where [defenseman David Rundblad] made a nice pass to me, and I tried to go cross-ice to [Teravainen]. I thought maybe he was going to shoot it, and he put it right back on my tape. So it was a great play by him and even bigger to extend the lead."

Kane is the fifth NHL player since 1990-91 to have a point streak of at least 25 games, joining Crosby; Mats Sundin (30 games, Quebec Nordiques, 1992-93); Brett Hull (25, St. Louis Blues, 1991-92); and Gretzky (25, Los Angeles Kings, 1990-91).

The next best streak this season is nine games (Erik Karlsson, Ottawa Senators; David Krejci, Boston Bruins; Bobby Ryan, Senators). The next longest active streak is seven games (Nicklas Backstrom, Washington Capitals).

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