by Rob Joyce
Patrick Kane is doing something nearly unprecedented in the last 20 years. Riding a 26-game point streak, the Blackhawks’ star is doing something that used to be commonplace, especially during the high-scoring 1980s. But since the dead puck era scoring has been at a premium, making Kane’s accomplishments today all the more impressive. Only Sidney Crosby can even come close with his 25-game streak back in 2010-11.
However, Kane still has plenty of work to do if he wants to crack the top five of the league’s longest point streaks ever, most of which belong to one guy (you can probably guess who):
5) Mats Sundin, 1992-93 (30 games):
The Nordiques (and later Maple Leafs) star had a breakout campaign in his third season, winding up with a career-best 114 points. Forty-six of those game during his 30-game point streak. The former number one overall pick would go on to become the longest-serving, non-North American born captain in league history while in Toronto.
4) Wayne Gretzky, 1982-83 (30 games):
He, too, had a 30-game point streak like Sundin. Unlike Sundin, who recorded 46 total points during the stretch, Gretzky had 76 points (24 goals, 52 assists). In his age-22 season, Gretzky would finish with 196 points (which was actually down from the year before and be his worst total in a five-year stretch), as Edmonton would advance to their first Stanley Cup Final.
3) Wayne Gretzky, 1985-86 (39 games):
In the last of his four 200-point seasons, Gretzky would record over half of those (108) during his streak. By the end of the season he would be awarded his seventh straight Hart Trophy, and he would shatter his own NHL record with 163 assists. Gretzky, in fact owns the top eight and 11 of the top 12 single-season assist records in league history, and has more assists than anyone else has points.
2) Mario Lemieux, 1989-90 (46 games):
The other premier goal-scorer in an age loaded with them, Lemieux was coming off a 199-point year in 1988-89, and only had his streak broken when he left the game because of injury. That year, even with the 46-game stretch, Lemieux only appeared in 59 games, followed by 26 the next year with a back injury. However, he would return to form, with four more phenomenal seasons in the 1990s, even with his cancer bout.
1) Wayne Gretzky, 1983-84 (51 games):
Consider that last year, Jamie Benn won the Art Ross Trophy by leading the league with 87 points. That was in a full 82-game season. During Gretzky’s 51-game stretch, he had 92 assists. For good measure, he had 61 goals over that same span, for a total of 153 points. At the rate in which Kane is scoring (40 points in 26 games), he would need to score in 100 straight games to match Gretzky’s 51-game production. He truly is “The Great One”.