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Patrick Kane sets American record with 19-game point streak

LOS ANGELES — Patrick Kane waited 59 minutes and 33 seconds before sneaking in a secondary assist Friday in Anaheim to keep his point streak alive. Afterward, he joked that he had been “making it a little difficult on myself” lately.

He had no such problems on Saturday.

Kane scored a power-play goal in the first period Saturday night in Los Angeles to extend his streak to 19 games — breaking the record for American-born players. The record was overshadowed, however, when the Blackhawks blew a 2-0 third-period lead in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Kings.

Kane had been tied with his good friend Phil Kessel and Hawks television analyst Eddie Olczyk after the Anaheim game.

“Yeah, it’s cool,” Kane said of the record. “You think about how many great American players have played the game, the two players that were at that 18-game point streak, what they’ve done in their careers. Pretty cool right now. But kind of overshadowed by the loss.”

Kane is now two games shy of the franchise record of 21 games, set by Bobby Hull in 1971-72.

The fact that Kane is close with both Olzcyk and Kessel made the record that much more special. Olczyk gave Kane a hug in the dressing room after the game.

“It’s great; I think it definitely adds a little bit more to it,” Kane said. “I’ve become pretty close with Eddie over the years here, to the point where I ask him for advice on a lot of different things. He’s willing to share a lot, too. And I’ve known Phil pretty well since I was 16 years old. Two great players, two great careers and fun to be there with them.”

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