Point Streak Puts Patrick Kane Past Sidney Crosby as NHL’s Most Exciting Player

December 12th, 2015 by Steve Macfarlane Leave a reply »

At a time when the NHL’s top-billing superstar is struggling, another has forced his way onto that marquee.

Like it or not, hockey world, the Chicago Blackhawks’ Patrick Kane has passed Sidney Crosby as the face of the league, even if he’s not necessarily the game’s best ambassador. Kane extended his incredible point streak to 25 games Friday night, tying him with Crosby as the holder of the longest such streak of any active player. He can pass the Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sunday.

But he’s already overtaken Crosby as the NHL’s most thrilling player. Kane's 45 points through the first 30 games put him on a pace for 123. Crosby’s best total in his 11-year career was 120, and since that season lost entirely to a lockout in 2004, Joe Thornton has topped out the upper end at 125.

You can argue all you want about who the league’s most well-rounded or best overall player is, but it’s the offensive flash that appeals to the masses, and Kane has that locked down this year.

Kane has that rare perfect combination of speed, stick-handling and the brain for the game t ...

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