It’s been a battle tonight between the San Jose Sharks and Anaheim Ducks, with the Pacific Division up for grabs.
It’s also been a close game, with little room for error and big goals. Sharks’ forward Logan Couture scored his 22nd goal of the season in the second period, tying the game at two-goals apiece at the time. It was a perfect shot from Couture, who went top corner from a tricky angle on rookie puck stopper John Gibson.
Not all good for the Sharks, however. Goalie Antti Niemi was given the hook after the Ducks took a 3-2 second-period lead on Patrick Maroon’s second goal of the evening.
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.