The Florida Panthers’ Jonathan Huberdeau entered this season as one of the frontrunners to win the Calder Trophy and it didn’t take him long to make an impression.
The 19-year-old rookie was playing in just his second NHL shift when he was fed the puck while parked in front of Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Cam Ward. Huberdeau shoved the puck between the legs of the 2006 Conn Smythe Trophy winner to score his first goal at 3:37 of the first period.
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That proved to just be the start for what’s developing into a magical first game for Huberdeau. He’s also assisted on Scottie Upshall and Alex Kovalev’s goals as the Panthers maintain a 5-1 lead over the Hurricanes.
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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.