The Los Angeles Kings dominated the first period of Game 1 against the Phoenix Coyotes, generating a lofty 16-4 shot disadvantage. Less than four minutes in, Dustin Brown created some havoc to open up space for Anze Kopitar, who fired a beauty of a backhander by Mike Smith.
Unfortunately for the Kings, a surprising (but not unprecedented) goal from center ice allowed the Coyotes to finish the first period tied 1-1. Stay tuned for that stunning bit that Jonathan Quick likely wishes he could delete from existence.
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.