Kane was held without a shot on goal against the Avs – the first regular-season game in which Kane was held shot-less this season and the first since Jan. 16, 2015, vs. the Winnipeg Jets. He skated 23:11 and had 24 shifts, including 1:34 of power-play time. He had three shot attempts that were blocked or adjusted by the Avs’ defense.
The streak began on Oct. 17, when he tallied an empty-net goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets. It would continue for 25 more games in which Kane amassed 16 goals and 24 assists. The Blackhawks went 15-7-4 during the streak before losing to the Avalanche.
It was the longest streak in NHL history for an American-born player, topping the 18 straight posted by Eddie Olczyk (1999-00) and Phil Kessel (2008-09). It was the longest streak in Blackhawks history, passing the 21 in a row that Bobby Hull had in the 1971-72 season. His 26 games was the longest streak in the NHL since Mats Sundin went 30 games for the Quebec Nordiques in 1992-93.
Wayne Gretzky’s record remains safe, however: 51 games with a point in the 1983-84 season. And he totally thought Kane had a chance to break it…
Greg Wyshynski is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or find him on Twitter. His book, TAKE YOUR EYE OFF THE PUCK, is available on Amazon and wherever books are sold.
MORE FROM YAHOO SPORTS