Kane unhappy with play, vows to improve
April, 19, 2013
By Scott Powers
CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane said Friday is disappointed by his play lately and is focused on improving before the playoffs.
"I think for me personally I just want to find my game back to where it was about a month ago and go into the playoffs playing that way," Kane after Friday's morning skate at the United Center. "That's what I'm worried about right now. I just think I can play better and create more chances, more chances for myself and the team, too. I just want to get back to that level."
Kane had eight goals and 10 assists in 14 games in March. He's had two goals and three assists in eight games in April and hasn't had a goal in the past four games.
Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said he's not concerned about Kane's recent stretch.
"You probably want to evaluate him over a course of a whole season," Quenneville said. "He's been at an amazing rate, really good pace. The past couple of game the production hasn't been at the same rate. That line has not been bad.
"I don't think you want to measure his game by just his point production. The thing that probably was the most noticeable about him this year was having the puck a lot, having that pace, doing the right things defensively. We expect him to be a key guy going forward. I think he has high expectations for himself. He's been good for us."
Kane has received some buzz as a candidate for the Hart Memorial Trophy with his 47 points, which includes 20 goals and 27 assists, on the season. Kane said he was honored to be included in the conversation.
"It's nice to be mentioned in that category," Kane said. "There's a little time left to make a push on it. But I think everyone is trying to get ready for playoffs. That's huge for us, too."