Hawks' Kane has 'special' night

October, 15, 2011
10/15/11
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Rogers By Jesse Rogers
ESPNChicago.com
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CHICAGO -- Despite a bad second half by the Chicago Blackhawks in their 3-2 shootout loss to the Boston Bruins, Patrick Kane continues to shine.

[+] EnlargePatrick Kane scored the Hawks' second goal in Saturday's loss.
AP Photo/Nam Y. HuhPatrick Kane scored the Hawks' second goal in Saturday's loss.

Kane dazzled with the puck nearly beating Tim Thomas several times in the opening period. He finally broke through for a goal in the second and now has points in every game this season. Joel Quenneville said he had “a special night.”

Afterwards, Kane was focused on that poor finish.

“I think for whatever the reason, we didn’t really play the way we wanted to in the third,” Kane said. “It’s tough to give up a goal, especially when you’re up 2-1, but it kind of seemed like we were playing back a little bit and not really pushing the pace.”

Quenneville agreed.

“I thought we lost some momentum ourselves, in the second period, we’re late in a shift, and you try to make one more play, and you wind up going backwards and the puck is in the net,” he said.

Slappers

Nick Leddy could have helped out more on the tying goal by the Bruins but that didn’t stop Quenneville from heaping praise on the 20-year-old.

“I thought Leds had a great game tonight,” Quenneville said. “Had the puck a lot. Carried out of his own end. Lugged it very well. Good patience holding the offensive blue line. Good patience with the puck.”

Quenneville also pointed out Marcus Kruger as another young player who “did some good things.”

• Tim Thomas was fantastic early in the game and then stopped Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Patrick Sharp in the shootout.

“I don’t read [shootout attempts] until the last minute,” Thomas said. “On all three, because of two five-hole goals tonight, I was trying to make sure they couldn’t have the five-hole first, but tried to keep myself in position to cover the other spots.”

• Due to the pace, Quenneville called the first period the “best period we’ve been involved with all year.”

• Dan Carcillo registered a team-high eight hits.

• Corey Crawford’s 35 saves were the most since March 13, 2011 against Washington. Tyler Seguin’s shootout winning goal was the first given up by Crawford at the United Center in his career.

• The quote: “I guess he was open. He shot and scored. What do you want me to say?” –Duncan Keith on Nathan Horton’s game tying goal in the third period.

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Chicago Cubs beat reporter
Jesse joined ESPN Chicago in September 2009 and covers the Chicago Cubs for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN Radio 1000.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Patrick Sharp
PTS GOALS AST +/-
78 34 44 13
OTHER LEADERS
GoalsP. Sharp 34
AssistsD. Keith 55
+/-M. Hossa 28
GAAC. Crawford 2.26