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Wayne Gretzky enjoying Patrick Kane chase his points record

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Patrick Kane extended his game points streak to a franchise-record 23 courtesy of an empty netter during the Chicago Blackhawks’ 4-1 win over the Nashville Predators on Tuesday.

While Kane insists he’s not thinking about the impressive streak, there is one man who is keeping a close eye on the sharpshooter’s points streak. And it just so happens to be the player whose record he’s chasing.

The Great One. Wayne Gretzky.

The NHL legend said he’s been paying close attention to Kane’s progress in pursuit of his NHL-record 51 consecutive games with a point scored, an incredible feat of consistency he achieved during his 1983-84 season with the Edmonton Oilers.

“Of course I’m watching,” he said, via the Chicago Tribune. “It’s a great, positive story for the Hawks and the National Hockey League. My goodness, it’s exceptional what he has done so far and the sky is the limit for him.”

Not only that, Gretzky says he believes Kane can break his remarkable record, but noted things have to go just right for it to happen.

“He can get there, absolutely,” he said. “What does it take to get there? It’s a combination of things. First of all, you have to be good and you have to get a little bit lucky … You have to stay healthy and you have to be surrounded by really good teammates. He has all the intangibles he needs.”

Gretzky acknowledged that “it’s a different game today” in the NHL, with scoring at a premium due to the improvements in talent, size of goalkeeper equipment and the like. And while he believes Kane can reach his record, it will be much more difficult for him to do so in this era compared to the one he played in.

It’s worth noting Gretzky scored 61 goals and added 92 assists (153 points) during his record-breaking, 51-game run. In a little less than halfway to Gretzky’s mark, Kane has 17 goals and 26 assists (43 points).

Incredible.