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Video: Show time! Patrick Kane scores to extend point streak to 25 games

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The streak lives on.

Patrick Kane extended his point streak to 25 games, scoring his 19th goal of the season during a second period power play Friday against the Winnipeg Jets.

With that goal and point, Kane ties Sidney Crosby‘s 25-game point streak from the 2010-11 season.

And, in typical ‘Show Time’ fashion, Kane took a perfect cross-ice pass from Teuvo Teravainen, then roofed his shot top shelf to give Chicago a two-goal lead.

Why did the Canucks put Frank Corrado on waivers?

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The depth of the Canucks’ blue line is in the midst of a massive test right now, especially with the recent injury to Dan Hamhuis.

Hamhuis underwent surgery Friday for a facial fracture suffered in Wednesday’s game against the New York Rangers. The injury could keep the veteran defenseman out of Vancouver’s lineup for the next two months, according to head coach Willie Desjardins.

With the situation in Vancouver, the hot topic of late in that market has been about how the club let 22-year-old defenseman Frank Corrado go for nothing by waiving him in October. The Toronto Maple Leafs claimed the right-shooting blue liner off waivers, however, he sits dormant with that team, having yet to play a game.

Canucks GM Jim Benning, speaking on TSN 1040 radio in Vancouver, attempted to justify the club’s reasoning with respect to Corrado.

“That was a decision … at the time, we had two or three other players ahead of Frankie on the depth chart,” said Benning (at about 5:30 of the audio clip), adding that at the start of the season, the club was pleased with its depth on defense.

“With Frankie, quite honestly, we thought he needed to play to keep getting better as a player. We didn’t want him sitting around and not playing. But we’ll see what happens. I’ve been watching what’s going on with him in Toronto and we’ll see what happens with that.”

Benning also didn’t shut the door on the possibility of attempting to re-acquire Corrado from Toronto.

“They own his rights now and if something was to happen, we’ll look at things.”

The Canucks are expected to call up another defenseman from the AHL.

Sens GM Murray careful discussing topic of future contract talks with Hoffman

Mike Hoffman is on a roll for the Ottawa Senators. In his last seven games, he has seven goals. That included a run of six goals in four games for the former fifth-round draft pick.

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Currently leading the Senators with 15 goals, Hoffman is also on a one-year contract worth $2 million after an arbitration ruling last summer didn’t necessarily go his way.

At this rate, Hoffman is on pace to smash his career high in goals (27) and points (48) for a single season, set in 2014-15. And if he continues at this clip, surely it will earn him a hefty pay increase.

As noted by the Ottawa Citizen, Sens’ general manager Bryan Murray can start contract talks with Hoffman, a pending restricted free agent, on Jan. 1. But it appears he doesn’t want to turn this into a big thing going forward.

“We’re not going to go there. There are a number of players who are restricted free agents going into next year. We’re not going to make this a situation where we talk about it. If something can happen at some point, whether it’s in January or April, we’ll do that,” said Murray, as per the Ottawa Citizen.

“For the most part. Mike has really improved his game and his overall attitude in terms of working. He’s an offensive threat every time he touches the puck in the offensive zone. We like what Mike Hoffman has done.”

Consistency and bounces needed, says Crosby of Kane’s 24-game point streak

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Sidney Crosby knows a thing or two about what it takes to go on a prolonged point streak in the National Hockey League. He has one of 25 games, which Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane can match Friday against the Winnipeg Jets.

The Pittsburgh Penguins star recorded that 25-game point streak during the 2010-11 season.

“It’s impressive no matter what the game’s like, to be honest with you,” said Crosby, as per NHL.com.

“The consistency you need to have to be able to do that, it’s really tough. You need some bounces along the way, but to be that consistent game after game, it’s not easy. Everybody knows when they’re playing against them, that’s the guy they want to shut down. So for him to be able to continue to produce, yeah, that’s really impressive.”

Kane has 38 points during his current streak, and it has helped vault him to the top of the league in points (44) and second in the NHL in goals (18).

Of course, should Kane match Crosby’s point streak tonight, he’d still have an incredibly long way to go to reach the 51-game point streak held by Wayne Gretzky.

“If Patrick can keep this going, good for him. It’s great for hockey,” Gretzky said recently. “And if he gets to 50, 51, I’ll be the first guy to go to the game.”

Ducks shut down and shut out Sharks

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) John Gibson made 23 saves for his second shutout of the season, and the Anaheim Ducks ended the San Jose Sharks’ seven-game road winning streak with a 1-0 victory on Friday night.

Mike Santorelli‘s fourth goal early in the third period was enough for Gibson, who handed the Sharks their third shutout loss this season and second against Anaheim. The last time the teams met, Anton Khudobin made 31 saves in a 1-0 win on Nov. 7 at San Jose.

Gibson made his fifth straight start with Frederik Andersen sidelined by the flu.

Santorelli beat Martin Jones high to the glove side with a 25-foot wrist shot from the right circle after Nate Thompson worked the puck away from Sharks captain Joe Pavelski behind the net. Thompson was playing in his second game after missing the previous 25 while recovering from shoulder surgery.

Jones made 25 saves. He got a break when a screened 35-foot wrist shot from the slot by Anaheim defenseman Sami Vatanen hit the right post during a power play at 4:11 of the first period.

The Ducks had another great scoring chance about 13 minutes later, but Jones robbed Thompson at the doorstep after Santorelli found him all alone with a cross-ice pass from the right circle.

The Ducks were 0 for 4 on the power play, and are just 3 for 52 against the Sharks’ penalty-killing unit in 18 meetings since the start of the 2012-13 season. The three goals were by Nick Bonino, Mathieu Perreault and Matt Beleskey – none of whom are still with the club.

Patrick Marleau‘s goal-scoring streak ended at four games. The 18-year veteran has had six streaks of five or more games, including a five-game stretch during the 2006 playoffs. His career high is six games, in 2001-02 and 2002-03.

Forward Micheal Haley, playing his 44th NHL game in a span of six seasons with the Sharks, Rangers and Islanders, was recalled from a brief stint in the minors and got into a fight with Chris Stewart at 9:40 of the first period. In the previous meeting between the teams, Haley brawled with Ducks defenseman Clayton Stoner.

NOTES: Gibson made 25 saves in a 4-0 home win against Vancouver last Monday. … There are still 16 games left on the 41-game suspension for San Jose LW Raffi Torres after his hit on Ducks RW Jakob Silfverberg during a preseason game on Oct. 3. Torres is eligible to return to the lineup Jan. 14. … San Jose’s Brent Burns leads all NHL defensemen with 112 shots on net. … San Jose was 0 for 4 on the power play. The Ducks came in with the league’s best percentage on the penalty kill (87.0), allowing 12 goals in 92 short-handed situations.