Patrick Kane on the verge of setting NHL’s American point-streak record

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Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane is on the verge of setting the record for most consecutive games with a point by an American player in NHL history. Kane carries his 18-game point streak into Los Angeles on Saturday night as his Blackhawks take on the Kings.

Phil Kessel (Boston Bruins, 2008-09) and Eddie Olczyk (Toronto Maple Leafs, 1989-90) are the only other American-born players to put up at least one point in 18 consecutive games.

“You look at the players … the two guys that are part of that record, Kessel and Olczyk, that’s some pretty elite company,” Kane told the Blackhawks’ website. “It’s been a fun little ride here. It seems like I’m making it a little difficult on myself here, with the last few games, but it’s something you try not to think about.”

Kane has 10 goals and 29 points during the streak, which began on Oct. 17 against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

“There’s not too many players like him that come around,” Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford said. “He could be the best American player of all time and he’s still young (27). He will (be) if he continues to do so many things and be that sort of game-changer that he’s been his whole career.”

Kane’s current point streak is the longest in the NHL since 2010 when Canadian Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins) recorded a point in 25 consecutive games.

Wayne Gretzky holds the record for longest point streak in NHL history, scoring at least one point in 51 consecutive games in 1983-84.

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