It must have been a great scene, but you have to wonder if it was a bit bittersweet for the team’s management. Head coach Kevin Dineen revealed that goalie of the future Jacob Markstrom’s knee injury could keep him out for “some time” according to George Richards of the Miami Herald. A knee injury is especially troubling because that’s the same injury that ended his season early last year.
In a way, tonight’s combination of good and bad shows how far the Panthers have come in 2011-12. Instead of looking to much ballyhooed prospects like Markstrom and the potential for future brillaince, the team is giving fans reasons to bask in the present.
Ideally they’d be able to enjoy the best of both worlds, but much like Markstrom’s knee, that might take some time.
When it comes to point streaks for U.S.-born NHL players, Patrick Kane now stands alone.
With a power-play goal early in Saturday’s Blackhawks – Kings game, Kane extended his streak to 19 games, breaking a tie with Phil Kessel and Eddie Olczyk (who finished with at least a point in 18 straight).
As of this writing, Kane has 11 goals and 19 assists during this 19-game streak. He also leads the NHL in scoring.
Bobby Hull’s 21-game point streak stands as the Chicago Blackhawks’ overall team record, by the way.
Kane also tied Denis Savard (1985-86) for second-longest streak in Chicago history. Bobby Hull had a 21-game streak.