Chicago Blackhawks: Patrick Kane

Kane heats up; Hawks cool Avs

November, 27, 2014
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DENVER, Colo. – Patrick Kane couldn’t believe that not one of his four shots ended up in the back of the net at the Pepsi Center. Ask Marian Hossa how that feels -- he had nine attempts go for nothing Wednesday night.

Ouch.

But Kane still found a way to take over the game in the Chicago Blackhawks’ 3-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche. The 26-year-old winger set up his offense with chances all night and poured on three assists, including a pretty fantastic one to Bryan Bickell for the game-winner late in the third period.

“It would be nice to see some pucks go in the net,” Kane said. “But the power play has been good, and for the most part, it seems like we’re scoring in a good amount of games here.”

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Ron Chenoy/USA TODAY SportsNone of Marian Hossa's nine shots went in the net, but his team still got a hard-earned win over the Avalanche.

Kane just about made the Avalanche's defense tumble over itself when he went right and juked left -- something equivalent to a crossover move that breaks a defender’s ankles in basketball -- and fed it to Bickell, who put the Blackhawks up for good with 5:17 remaining.

Bickell said he was surprised to see the puck skid -- very slowly -- between his feet.

“I threw a half-decent pass to Kane, and I don’t know how he was handling when [the puck] was bouncing, but he made a play and got the puck to the net,” Bickell said. “I was lucky to stop and bury it home.”

The Hawks right wing passed captain Jonathan Toews for team points leader, with 21 (eight goals and 13 assists ) on the season. Yet his impressive numbers have been more of a recent affair, as seven of those points have come in the first four games of this road trip and 11 have been in the past six games.

Makes you wonder: Is he streaky, or has something clicked? Kane, for the record, thinks it has little to do with either.

“Oh, sometimes the puck goes in, and sometimes you find some different ways to play the game, and sometimes you are playing the game with some players that are feeling it, too,” Kane said.

Earlier, he also had a hand in power-play goals by Toews and Andrew Shaw in the second period, when the Hawks finally found a way to beat the wall that was 22-year-old goalie Calvin Pickard. First, Toews scored on the 25th shot of the game for Chicago, and then Kane set up Shaw less than three minutes later.

Overall, Kane said he felt good, especially with his back-and-forth chances with Toews. Truth be told, if not for hand-over-your-mouth saves by Pickard, the duo would have added even more to their stats on Wednesday.

“For us, that’s the name of the game -- finding ways to get some space out there and get those chances,” Kane said. “Obviously, we want to capitalize more on our opportunities, though.”

The Hawks had 45 shots on net and have now out-shot Colorado 244-to-146 in the teams’ past six meetings. For a while, it looked like the Hawks would again have more shots and better chances and still lose to the Avs for the fifth time in six meetings.

But Kane helped keep the pressure on Colorado’s net, and the Hawks improved to 3-1-0 on their six-game trip.

"It’s a good start to the second half of the road trip,” said Kane, whose team ends the trip with the Pacific-leading Anaheim Ducks and defending champion Los Angeles Kings over the weekend. “It’s a lot better being 3-1 through the first four games than 2-2."

Seriously, though, poor Hossa.

Rapid Reaction: Blackhawks 2, Senators 1

October, 26, 2014
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CHICAGO – Here’s a quick look at the Chicago Blackhawks' 2-1 win over the Ottawa Senators on Sunday at the United Center:


How it happened: The Blackhawks put an end to their season-long second-period woes on their way to victory Sunday. The Blackhawks hadn’t scored a second-period goal in their first seven games. They scored two of them against the Senators. Jonathan Toews provided the first with a wraparound goal in a four-on-four situation 21 seconds into the second period. Brent Seabrook gave the Blackhawks a second when he scored on a power play at 13:38. Blackhawks goaltender Scott Darling did the rest in his NHL debut: He stopped 32 of 33 shots. The Senators' lone goal came on a freak play on which the linesman interfered with a Blackhawks pass and led to a short-handed goal by Milan Michalek in the second period. Senators goaltender Craig Anderson stopped 43 of 45 shots.

What it means: The Blackhawks snapped a two-game losing streak and improved to 5-2-1 on the season. The Blackhawks' five-on-five play again wasn't great, but they got the job done in other areas. The Blackhawks have scored a power-play goal in six of their eight games. Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane recorded his 500th career point with an assist on Seabrook's goal. The Blackhawks killed all three of the Senators' power plays.

Player of the game: Darling, who is from the Chicago area, had a game to remember in his debut. He came up especially big with the Senators pushing for a goal to even the game in the third period. He made 16 saves in the third period.

Stat of the game: Fourteen penalties were called in the game.

What's next: The Blackhawks remain home and face the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday.

Day with Cup shows Kane's evolution

August, 29, 2013
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BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Donna Kane is taking a break from the sweltering closeness inside the West Seneca arena where thousands of people, many wearing Patrick Kane jerseys, have lined up for a glimpse of her son and a couple of trophies he's brought along with him for the day.

She brought young Patrick here regularly as he was growing up. While he was tearing it up on the ice, establishing himself as a true, rare hockey prodigy, his three younger sisters would be running amok, playing under the frigid metal stands, often tumbling down the steps with their dolls, refusing their mother's pleas to wear their jackets.

The three sisters -- Erica, Jessica and Jacqueline -- are more women than girls now and are on hand this day, as is Patrick Kane's father, Pat senior, other family members and a clutch of close friends, many of whom were part of Kane's entourage when he first enjoyed the singular excitement of hosting the Stanley Cup after Chicago's seminal win in 2010 over Philadelphia.

We are often reminded when we share these moments with Stanley Cup champions that these days represent a journey, not just a visit with the Cup.

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Blackhawks lucky to have Kane

June, 23, 2013
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CHICAGO -- If luck is truly the residue of design, then Patrick Kane knew it was coming all along.

Kane is known for his speed and his skill, but like a fourth-line grinder, he isn’t afraid to take his buddies’ leftovers and close the deal. He's more Finish than Teemu Selanne.

Kane, the boy king of Chicago hockey, scored the first two goals in the Blackhawks’ 3-1 win in Game 5, putting them one win away from their second Stanley Cup in four years.

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Blackhawks expecting tougher Game 2

May, 17, 2013
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CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks are prepared for the Detroit Red Wings to be a more driven team in Game 2 of their Western Conference semifinal series Saturday after being outplayed in Game 1.

The Blackhawks ran away from the Red Wings with a 4-1 victory in Game 1 on Wednesday. Chicago dominated the puck the last two periods and outshot Detroit 42-21 for the game.

“We expect a harder game,” Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said after Friday’s practice. “Physically, I’m sure it’s going to be more physical than the first game. As you progress, as we found in the Minnesota series, it’s like that. Don’t wait for it to happen, expect it to happen and be more proactive than reactionary. So let’s have that mentality going into the game.”

Quenneville and a number of his players called Wednesday’s win their best performance of the playoffs. Quenneville had called for his team to play with more energy after the Wild series.

Chicago has defeated Detroit in the teams' past eight meetings, but the Blackhawks realize the series is far from over. They witnessed the fight in the Red Wings throughout their foes' seven-game series with the Anaheim Ducks in the first round.

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Kane named Lady Byng finalist

May, 16, 2013
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Islanders forward Matt Moulson, Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane and Lightning forward Martin St. Louis are the three finalists for the NHL's Lady Byng Trophy, the league's sportsmanship award.

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Video: Kane on Kings and trade deadline

March, 25, 2013
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Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane talks about the upcoming schedule, the team's recent success against the Kings and the atmosphere as the trade deadline approaches.

Kane honored by league after 5-goal week

February, 11, 2013
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Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane was named the NHL’s First Star in its “Three Stars” of the week on Monday.

Kane led all players last week with five goals. He scored twice, including the game-winner, in a 5-3 win over the San Jose Sharks on Feb. 5. He had two more goals and an assist in a 6-2 win over the Phoenix Coyotes on Feb. 7. He also scored once in Sunday’s 3-0 win over the Nashville Predators.

Kane is second in the league with 19 points, second with nine goals and 10th with 10 assists. This is the best start Kane has had to a season in his career.

Dallas Stars left wing Jamie Benn was given the Second Star after recording six points, including two game-winning goals, last week. New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur received the Third Star for going 3-0-0 with a 1.33 goals-again average and .942 save percentage last week.

Blackhawks turn to Bolland as No. 2 center

January, 13, 2013
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CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks search for a reliable No. 2 center continued Sunday where it left off last season.

Coach Joel Quenneville is hopeful this time around the Blackhawks can find their man quickly rather than enduring another endless search like a season ago.

On Sunday in the Blackhawks' first practice of the 2013 season, Quenneville unveiled Dave Bolland as his newest attempt to solve the No. 2 center problem. Bolland participated in drills alongside wings Patrick Kane and Patrick Sharp at Johnny's IceHouse West.

The 26-year-old Bolland has built his reputation as a defense-minded and checking-line center since he became a staple in the Blackhawks' roster in 2007. But Quenneville says he believes Bolland can work as the No. 2 center because Bolland possesses some offensive game, has plenty of defensive game and he'll be flanked by two very gifted scorers.

"Having some offensive guys surrounded with him, we think offensively there would be some nice production between the three of them," Quenneville said. "At the same time, there's responsibility defensively. I like the balance that line shows and the upside offensively that they all bring. But Bolly offensively has some skill, and you could argue every team in the league, Bolly could be their second-line center."

Bolland's placement at No. 2 center is a decision also backed by Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman. Bowman said Bolland has earned that chance.

"I think in some ways we've slotted Dave in that third role for some time," Bowman said. "Each player in our team has growth for their game. In order to demonstrate that, you have to give them the opportunity.

"The timing is now to see if that fits. We certainly know he can play in that (checking-line) role he's been playing in for a number of years. But his pedigree prior to coming to the Blackhawks as a third-line center, he was an offensive player really throughout."

Bolland put up some impressive offensive numbers early in his career. In the 2005-2006 season in the OHL, he registered 130 points. It was with his arrival to the Blackhawks he began to concentrate more on the defensive side.

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Former Chicago Blackhawks star Jeremy Roenick talks to Waddle & Silvy about the current Hawks team and what his advice would be for Patrick Kane.

Kane to skate in charity game, then head overseas

October, 23, 2012
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CHICAGO – Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane's decision to bolt for Europe isn’t any more of an indication that talks between the league and the players association aren’t going well. That notion doesn’t need more evidence. It just means he’s restless and wants to play hockey.

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Dennis Wierzbicki/US PresswirePatrick Kane won't head to Switzerland until after Friday's "Champs for Charity" game.
Though a new CBA doesn’t seem to be nearing completion, that could change at any time and Kane would be back. Expect more of his teammates to join him overseas as the calendar moves towards November.

The good news is that Kane held off joining EHC Biel in the Swiss league until after the “Champs for Charity” game is played on Friday at the AllState Arena.

"Everyone is very appreciative that Patrick held off going to Europe until after the game,” NHL agent and game organizer Bill Zito said. “That was a class act and I know the Ronald McDonald House will benefit because of it.”

Kane will join many of the Blackhawks who won a Stanley Cup in 2010, and other NHL players, for what’s shaping up to be a memorable night -- all to benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Chicago. Adam Burish, Andrew Ladd, Troy Brouwer, Kris Versteeg and Brian Campbell will skate with their former teammates while other former Hawks like James Wisniewski, Jim Vandermeer, Jake Dowell and Craig Anderson will also participate.

Facing the Hawks will be a team consisting of Bobby Ryan of the Anaheim Ducks, Ryan Suter of the Minnesota Wild, Ville Leino of the Buffalo Sabres, Nicklas Backstrom of the Washington Capitals, Kimmo Timonen of the Philadelphia Flyers and Joe Corvo of the Carolina Hurricanes, to name a few. The final rosters will be set in the coming days.

It may not be the hockey everyone was hoping for at this time of year but an early reunion of many of the 2010 Blackhawks can’t be a bad thing for a fan base starving for the NHL to return. The only question is: How competitive will the game be?

“That’s the goal,” Patrick Sharp said recently. “We’ve been working out with each other for a long time now. It will be fun to play a real game.”

It might be the only chance for Chicagoans to see their favorite players for a while as Kane and others are bound for Europe. At least some good will come of the lockout. The Ronald McDonald House of Chicagoland is hoping to raise $250,000 through sponsors and ticket sales. It might turn out to be the only positive of a situation that’s been bleak since summer.

Tickets are available through Ticketmaster. Game time is 7:30 p.m. on Friday.

Kane embarrassed, denies drinking problem

July, 20, 2012
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CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane said Friday he doesn't think he has a drinking problem, but he was "embarrassed" by a public display of partying early in the offseason during a Cinco De Mayo celebration in Madison, Wisc.

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Toews offers support to 'still-learning' Kane

June, 25, 2012
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Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews expressed “support” for teammate Patrick Kane as NHL players gathered in Chicago for a round of meetings in advance of negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement.

Toews was asked about Kane’s weekend in Madison, Wis. in early May where he was photographed in unflattering moments while partying at a Cinco De Mayo celebration.

“He’s still learning,” Toews said. “It’s unfortunate, now people are looking for that sort of thing. We just want him to know we’re supporting him. I’m sure he’s being very hard on himself right now. [I’d tell him] just to hang in there. I think with time it will go away again and he’ll be able to focus on hockey again.”

Toews wasn’t necessarily buying the idea that Kane needs to keep a lower profile, but admitted Kane is different than most people.

“People want to get to know him and the next thing you know you’re under a microscope,” Toews said. “There’s a lot of 23-, 24-year-old kids out there having a great time and they don’t have to worry about that sort of thing. He does. It’s tough. It’s tough on him.”

Toews intimated Kane’s flair for the game and personality off the ice make him someone people want to meet.

“There’s no doubt Kane has that personality that people are drawn towards him,” Toews said. “He’s an interesting guy.”

Blackhawks draft Teuvo Teravainen

June, 22, 2012
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PITTSBURGH -- The Chicago Blackhawks think they got a steal when they drafted Finnish forward Teuvo Teravainen with the 18th pick in the NHL entry draft on Friday night. Teravainen was considered by many experts to be a Top 5 pick.

"We're really excited that he was still available when we picked," general manager Stan Bowman said. "We had him much higher on our list. To get him at the 18th spot was really impressive. We're thrilled with it.

"He's a dynamic offensive player. He has great hands. He's got the ability to make plays. He's a gifted offensive player. The talent that you can get at that level picking at the 18th spot was pretty impressive."

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Bowman 'disappointed' in Kane

May, 29, 2012
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CHICAGO -- Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman commented publicly for the first time since pictures emerged of star forward Patrick Kane apparently partying at the University of Wisconsin earlier this month.

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