KyleBerke
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The Art Ross Trophy has gone to the top scorer in the NHL each season since 1947-48, but it wasn't until Sunday that an American won it. Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane, a Buffalo native, finished the season with a career-high 106 points to outpace the Dallas Stars' Jamie Benn (89) for the title. Kane finished with career bests in goals (46) and assists (60). The Blackhawks finished third in the Central Division and will face the St. Louis Blues in the first round of the playoffs starting Wednesday. Chicago will attempt to become the first team to win back-to-back Stanley Cups since the Detroit Red Wings in the 1997 and 1998 seasons. Kane's list of accomplishments this season is long. He became the first Blackhawks player to win the Art Ross since Stan Mikita in 1967-68. Mikita had won it four out of five years, with Chicago's Bobby Hull taking the honors in 1965-66. Kane posted a 26-game point streak (16G, 24A) from Oct. 17 to Dec. 13, the longest run by an American-born player. He had a career-best seven-game goal streak from Nov. 2 to Nov. 15, 27 multipoint games and his first two regular-season hat tricks. All of these numbers came in an era when scoring is down. He became just one of four players to break the 100-point mark in the past five seasons. Kane's linemate Artemi Panarin could be in line for some hardware of his own. He led all rookies in scoring with 77 points and could become the first Blackhawks player to win the Calder Trophy as the league's top rookie since Kane in 2007-08.
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