CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 06: Patrick Kane #88 of the Chicago Blackhawks is tripped by Eric Tangradi #27 of the Winnipeg Jets at the United Center on November 6, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. The Blackhawks defeated the Jets 4-1. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
When a player is able to score nine goals and rack up 10 assists in 15 games, NHL pundits and experts take notice, and Patrick Kane reaped the rewards of his excellent November when he was named the league’s First Star of the month for November.
Kane beat out Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin, whose 21 assists were the most in a single month since Wayne Gretzky accomplished the same feat in January of 1996, and Minnesota’s Josh Harding, who racked up a 1.88 goals against average to go along with a .926 save percentage in November.
Included in Kane’s stellar November was a 12-game point streak that only ended in Friday’s game against the Dallas Stars, but he promptly began a new one the next night against the Phoenix Coyotes, scoring a goal and adding an assist in the first period of Chicago’s 5-2 triumph. He also scored game winning goals four times in the month, including this one with 18 seconds left against the Calgary Flames on November 27th:
Kane leads the NHL with five-game winners so far this season, and is currently ranked third in goals with 16.