CHICAGO -- After not seeing his name in the boxscore in three straight games, Patrick Kane joked he wouldn’t score again if it meant the Chicago Blackhawks kept winning. They were 2-0-1 without him getting a point.
But you can only keep a good man -- or a great player -- down for so long.
Tuesday night Kane got his points and the Hawks won, 3-2, over the Anaheim Ducks in a shootout. He was simply dazzling with the puck, setting up Marian Hossa and Patrick Sharp in regulation before winning the game with a shootout tally.
“It’s nice to get some points,” Kane said. “I’d be lying to you if I said it wasn’t something I wanted to do tonight. More importantly, the timing of the plays, but it’s nice to get back on the scoreboard.”
Kane simply makes things happen when he has the puck and he won’t go many three game stretches without points. First was his spin-o-rama assist to Hossa, which brought the United Center crowd to its feet.
“It’s a little bit of an underrated move,” Kane explained. “I think you get acceleration out of it and protect the puck too. I’ve talked to Savvy [Denis Savard] about that a number of times -- when not to use [it] and when to use it. I’ve tried it a few times where it hasn’t completely worked, but tonight it did.”
Kane had the puck in the offensive zone on the right wing and as he spun he sent a perfect backhand pass through the slot, where Hossa was waiting on the other side. Hossa gave credit to Daniel Carcillo for taking some bodies towards him and away from Hossa.
“The rest was a highlight reel by Patrick,” Hossa said. “A spin-o-rama [move], he knows where I’m going and the puck was right on my tape. It was the easiest goal I could get. What a play, what can I say?”
How about, “wow.” It’s what everyone in the building was saying. Later, Kane gave a puck away that led to a Ducks goal but in the third period he put the puck right where Sharp needed it for the game-tying blast.
Then, to top off the dramatic night he scored in the shootout to win the game.
“I thought all three guys on the line were effective,” Joel Quenneville said. “[Kane] made a special play on that first goal there by Hossa, he had the puck a lot tonight. A nice way to end it too, because we know the alternative from the last two games in the shootout.”
That would be losses in both contests, but that wasn’t the case on Tuesday. Not with Kane doing his thing -- even if it was for the first time in four games. So which of the plays impressed him the most?
“I’ll watch them all when I get home,” Kane joked. “I’ll even watch the assist to Sharpie.”
He won’t be the only one.