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Chicago Blackhawks: 5 Takeaways From The Weekend Games

By Gail Kauchak
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Nov 28, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) in the first period of the game against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Ah, the irony of this past weekend’s games!  The Chicago Blackhawks won one and lost one, both in overtime, and both by the score of 3-2.  They were losing 0-2 against the Anaheim Ducks on Friday, and miraculously came back and scored three unanswered goals in under 4 minutes.  On Saturday night, they were leading by 2-0 and then blew their lead at the end of the game.  Arguably they should have lost on Friday and won on Saturday.  But such is life with hockey.  The unpredictability is why we love to watch it so much.  Here are my 5 takeaways from this weekend’s games.

5.  The streak is alive!  You can’t exactly write about the Chicago Blackhawks right now without discussing Patrick Kane’s excellent start to the season.  He currently leads the league in points with 37 (Jamie Benn of Dallas is second with 35).  He also is the leader in assists, with 23 (John Klingberg of Dallas is second with 22).

But the even bigger story is his 19 game point streak.  On Saturday, Kane notched a goal and an assist, making him the first American born player to go 19 games with at least a point.  He has now surpassed the record of 18 games set by both Eddie Olczyk and Phil Kessel.

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It’s pretty cool that Kane got this record with an actual goal instead of an assist.  He says it’s something he tries not to focus on, but I’m sure he’s anxious to keep his streak going.  Bobby Hull of the Blackhawks had a 21 game streak in the 1971-72 season.  Let’s hope Kane can keep his streak alive and beat Hull’s record as well.  After all, it sure is fun to watch; and it only helps the team.