Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane scored his 40th goal of the season in the second period against the Winnipeg Jets on Friday at MTS Centre.
Patrick Kane. 40-goal scorer. #Blackhawks pic.twitter.com/anJ5CJmFXp— Cristiano Simonetta (@CMS_74_) April 2, 2016
It's Kane's first 40-goal season and he's the first Chicago player since Tony Amonte to accomplish the feat. Amonte scored 43 goals during the 1999-2000 season.
Kane has 40 goals and 56 assists this season, including a goal and assist against Winnipeg.
The Blackhawks haven't had a 100-point season since Jeremy Roenick in 1991-92 and 1992-93. Kane could reach that feat. He is the overwhelming favorite to become the first Blackhawk to win the Hart Trophy, given to the league's most valuable player, and Art Ross Trophy, given to the player who leads the league in points, since Stan Mikita won both in 1968.
Mikita won the Hart and Art Ross in back-to-back seasons in 1967-68. Mikita won the Art Ross four times in the 1960s, while Bobby Hull won the award three times paired with two Hart Trophies (1965, 1966).
Earlier this season, Kane's 26-game point streak, which ran from Oct. 17 to Dec. 13, broke the franchise record previously held by Hull (21 games), set a new record for longest point streak by a U.S.-born player previously held by Eddie Olczyk and Phil Kessel (18 games), and also recorded the longest streak in the NHL since 1992-93 when Mats Sundin of the Quebec Nordiques registered a point in 30 consecutive games.