Trevor Block – Indy Writer
Chicago, IL – And so the point streak ends at 26 games for Patrick Kane.
The record breaking streak got nearly halfway to the all-time record before being cut off by Semyon Varlamov and the Colorado Avalanche. It’s no surprise that Varlomov was the one to blank Kane, and the Hawks for that matter, taking Tuesday night’s game 3-0 in Chicago.
Kane’s point streak is the longest since 1992, bested by Mats Sundin’s 30 consecutive games with a point. However, Kane’s streak is the longest by an American-born player and the longest in the Chicago Blackhawk’s history. Kane’s career as a Blackhawk is undeniably one of, if not the best in the franchise’s history, and he’s only 27.
The streak consisted of 16 goals and 24 assists in just 26 games. Perhaps even more impressive than the streak itself, is the fact that Kane has only been held pointless in three of the Blackhawks’ 32 games.
Streak aside, something must be said about the trouble the Hawks have when the Avalanche come to town, especially when Varlomov is between the pipes. Varlomov is notorious for shutting the Blackhawks’ offense down. Tuesday gave Varlomov his eighth win in his last nine appearances against Chicago. One of those wins came last year, on January 6, when Varlomov recorded a 54 save shutout. Varlmov is now 11-3-0 against the Hawks for his career.
Figuring the net minder out is a tall task in and of itself. Add that to stopping the Avs’ first line, Landeskog, Mackinnon and Duchene, and the Hawks have got a recipe for disaster.
“Give the [Avalanche] credit,” said Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville. “The way they check and the way they play, they get a lead like that and it gets frustrating.”
Frustrating indeed. Kane, who undoubtedly thinks about extending his streak, didn’t even record a shot on goal against the stout Avalanche defense.
“I don’t know if we got many chances on [Varlomov],” said Kane. “They did a good job against us. They really swarmed us and I don’t know if we were really ready for that.”
Perhaps overlooked the Avalanche, who currently hold the six spot in the Central division with 31 points, 5 away from the Hawks at 36 points. The Avs only recorded wins in four of their first 14 games, but have since come on strong to make an early playoff push.
Ending the streak might not have been something the Avalanche talked about, but rest assured stopping Kane was part of their game plan, and stopping Kane stops a large portion of the Hawks’ offense.
And though the streak is over, Hawks fans might take solace in Kane’s lack of personal distraction.
“It was a good run,” said Kane. “Now I can just focus on playing hockey. It’ll be nice not to talk about it anymore.”
Kane might not be free from talking about the streak just yet. No doubt the Avalanche will go down in history as the team to stop the record-breaking streak, and Patrick Kane isn’t the type of player to forget that.
“Short memory,” as they say in sports on a player’s off night. Good thing for Kane a rematch is only a couple weeks away.