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Chicago Blackhawks’ Kane ties Gretzky in consecutive 20-goal seasons

DENVER, COLORADO - DECEMBER 21: Patrick Kane #88 of the Chicago Blackhawks advances the puck against Nikita Zadorov #16 of the Colorado Avalanche in the third period at the Pepsi Center on December 21, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
DENVER, COLORADO - DECEMBER 21: Patrick Kane #88 of the Chicago Blackhawks advances the puck against Nikita Zadorov #16 of the Colorado Avalanche in the third period at the Pepsi Center on December 21, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) /
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The Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane scored his 20th goal of the season Saturday night against the Avalanche. After scoring that goal, Kane tied Wayne Gretzky in consecutive 20-goal seasons.

Even though Patrick Kane didn’t break any records Saturday, he did something only six other players have done better. Kane tied Wayne Gretzky for the fourth-most consecutive seasons scoring at least 20-goals to start their career.

I could honestly see Kane scoring 20-goals for the rest of his career if he stays healthy. Just like Alexander Ovechkin, Kane seems to lead his team in goals each year. Kane has led the NHL in points since the start of the 2010s. Ovechkin is third on that list.

Kane’s career-low in goals was 21 during his rookie season and in 2013, he scored 23 goals in just 47 games, due to the shortened season. That season, Kane really should have won his first league MVP as he had 55-points, one less than league-leader Ovechkin’s 56-points, and was the season where the Blackhawks only lost 12 games. Kane was clearly the team’s most valuable player that season.


Kane has had a great career during his 13-season stretch. The goal against the Avalanche that tied him with Gretzky was a thing of beautiful. The most important thing to Kane was his team battling back down 3-1 to get the victory.

The team needs all the points they can get,as they’ve dug themselves a hole that they’ve tried to get out of as of late. The Blackhawks are on a two-game winning streak and with those two-games have brought the team back within five-points of the wildcard. A win against the Devils tonight can keep them competitive closing out 2019 and could propel them into a playoff run come 2020.

With three games left after today’s matchup left in 2019, the team has the ability to steal the eighth seed from the Flames. They play them on New Year’s Eve and the next few games are important to at least get points out of.

Kane has 10-points in his last five games and the team is going to need Kane to keep this up if they want to continue this push to the playoffs. Right now, he is keeping other player’s jobs safe. The next few weeks are going to be exciting for the Blackhawks as they’re playing catchup hockey but things are beginning to take shape.

Starting off 2020, the team has to get the ball rolling with some wins. If they can stay hot going into the all-star break, the second half of the season will be easier on the team.

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