GLENDALE, Ariz. – There will be 29 games left in the Blackhawks’ season after Thursday night. From then on when it comes to scoring goals, Patrick Kane will be adding to his career best.
In the second period of the Blackhawks game against the Coyotes in Glendale, Kane scores his 31st goal of the season-the highest total of his 9-year career.
Kane took a pass to the right of the goal and fired it into the back of the net to tie the game with the Coyotes at three. The Blackhawks would got on to win the game 5-4 in overtime on a goal by Jonathan Toews.
The tally breaks his previous high of 30 goals in a season which he scored during the 2009-2010 Stanley Cup championship season. That came during his 82 games that regular season but this year he reached that number in just 55 contests.
Kane, who many feel is a leading contender for the Hart Memorial Trophy for NHL MVP, is also in position for two other personal scoring records this season. He is 14 assists shy of his career high of 58 and 13 short of his career high in points as well. Like the goal’s mark, those numbers came during the 2009-2010 season.
A key to the great start by Kane was an early season 26-game point streak which was the record for a North American born player in the NHL. Kane had ten goals and 17 assists in the month of December and followed it up with seven goals and ten assists in January.
In the first two games after the All-Star break Kane had a goal and two assists in the Blackhawks’ wins over the Avalanche and Coyotes.