Kane extends point streak to 24, but the Hawks lose to the Predators
NASHVILLE – When it comes the most impressive streak of his hockey career, Patrick Kane has caused a few hearts of Blackhawks’ fans to beat a bit faster.
Against the Jets it was a glove-swatting assist on an empty net goal in the final two minutes that helped him break the franchise record for consecutive games with at least a point. Two nights later, it was an empty net goal in the final two minutes that helped to extend the streak another game.
For eager Blackhawks fans hoping this streak stays alive, Kane has provided some heartache this week. But he was able to spare the fans a little bit on Thursday night.
While he did wait till the third period to make his mark on the game against the Predators Thursday, it wasn’t quite as late on Thursday.
With 14:17 to go in the game Kane scored a goal to extend his streak to 24-consecutive games with a point. It was the best part of a forgettable night for the Blackhawks who lost to the Predators 5-1 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville
Kane was around the goal when Marcus Kruger knocked the puck loose from Predators goalie Pekka Rinne. When it came loose Kane was able to push it into the goal to keep the streak alive. Nashville did have the play reviewed claiming their was goalie interference on the play but after a replay the goal was upheld.
With the score Kane now has 18 goals on the season along with 44 total points, which is exactly half way from tying his career-high in points with 88. The forward is also just 12 goals away from tying his record of 30 that he scored in the 2009-2010 season.
That goal was the only highlight of a game that started bad and stayed that way for the Blackhawks. Scott Darling struggled in goal as he filled in for Corey Crawford, allowing scores to James Neal, Craig Smith and Filip Forsberg in the first period to put the Blackhawks in a bind.
Kane’s goal cut the deficit to two in the third but Neal responded with his second goal of the night for Nashville to put the lead at 4-1. Eric Nystrom added an empty net goal late to put a damper on another game with a point by Kane.