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The Blackhawks Backhand

In the first installment of the Blackhawks Backhand last week, I talked most about Patrick Kane’s scoring streak. On Tuesday night, that streak was snapped by the Colorado Avalanche. It was the first time since October 15th, Kane was held without a point in a game as the Avalanche picked up a 3-nhl_g_kane_kh_1920x10800 win over the Blackhawks.

His scoring streak ends at 26 games, which was the longest such streak in 23 years. The all-time record for the longest scoring streak is 51 games set by Wayne Gretzky in 1983-84. Even though Kane fell short of Gretzky’s record, he still made some history. He managed to set the Blackhawks’ franchise record for most consecutive games with a point. Hockey Hall of Famer Bobby Hull was the previous record holder when he had a 21-game streak in 1971-72. Kane also set the record for longest point streak by an American-born player, surpassing Eddie Olczyk and Phil Kessel, who each had points in 18 straight for the previous record. And lastly, Kane beat Sidney Crosby’s scoring streak from 2010-11 by one game for the longest run by an active NHL player. Kane posted 40 points over the course of the streak. He tallied 16 goals and had 24 assists. Kane remains the NHL’s scoring leader with 46 points. He is tied for the league lead with 27 assists and his 19 goals tie him for second in the NHL. The Blackhawks went 15-7-4 while Kane was on his incredible run. They are currently in wild card position after starting that game against Colorado in second place in the Central Division standings.Chicago_Blackhawks-Pictures

While we congratulate Patrick Kane on his amazing accomplishment, let’s not forget Corey Crawford. The Blackhawks goalie receivehi-res-453984653-corey-crawford-of-the-chicago-blackhawks-follows-the_crop_exactd recognition for his play Monday and was named the number 1 star of the week in the NHL. The honor came less than a full
day after Crawford posted a shutout for the second consecutive game, Sunday night’s win over the Vancouver Canucks.

Despite holding Vancouver and Winnipeg scoreless, Crawford’s most impressive performance of the week may have been against Nashville. He knocked away 36 of the 37 shots he saw. Crawford is the second Blackhawks player to be given the number 1 star of the week; he joins Kane who won in November.

CWRz0nxU8AAgENvWe also welcome defenseman Rob Scuderi to the Chicago Blackhawks! The team acquired him from the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for defenseman Trevor Daley. Scuderi won two Stanley Cups with the Penguins in 2009 and the Los Angeles Kings in 2012. As for Daley, this was his first season with the Blackhawks after 11 years with the Dallas Stars. The Penguins will pay one third of Scuderi’s $3.375 million for this season and next while the Hawks shed the $3.3 million salary cap hit of Daley, creating a little more than $1 million in cap space.

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