OTTAWA – Talking about it can sometimes make an athlete a bit queasy, even in the midst of a major career accomplishment.
Patrick Kane isn’t that superstitious about his recent streak of success, but you could say he’s not dwelling on it.
“I guess I’ve had some timely points to keep the streak alive,” said the Blackhawks forward early Thursday on his 20-straight games with at least a goal or an assist. “It’s one of those things when you’re playing well and you’re trying to keep it going, your just trying to wipe the slate clean every night and not worry too much about streaks or anything like that.”
He should probably keep that up. On Thursday night, the strategy puts him on par with one of the franchise greats.
With a goal in the second period against the Senators at the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, Kane tied Bobby Hull’s record with 21 consecutive games with at least a point. The “Golden Jet” set that franchise record during the 1971-1972 season.
Kane registered the score 3:27 into the period when he took a pass to the right of the goal, waited for an opening, then fired it past Senators goalie Craig Anderson for the score.
It’s his 16th of the season and an assists on a goal by Artemi Panarin later in the second period brought his point total up to 40.
Last Saturday in Los Angeles, Kane broke the American-born player record for consecutive games with a point when he tallied a goal against the Kings to extend the streak to 19. He broke the record previously held by Eddie Olczyk and Phil Kessel
On Sunday Kane will have the chance to break the record in front of the home fans as the Blackhawks take on the Jets at 4 PM at the United Center. You can watch that game on WGN.