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Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Kane looking to step up in Game 7

By Scott Powers

Patrick Kane
Patrick Kane has been putting plenty of shots on net latey, and now he wants to convert.
CHICAGO -- Patrick Kane is already responsible for one of the Chicago Blackhawks' most memorable moments in franchise history.

He wouldn't mind adding a second one to his résumé on Wednesday.

Kane clinched the 2010 Stanley Cup for the Blackhawks when he scored a game-winning overtime goal to defeat the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 6 on June 9, 2010. On Wednesday, he hopes to have a similar impact as the Blackhawks face the Red Wings in Game 7 of their Western Conference semifinal series.

"You have other guys stepping up and doing well, but you definitely want to be the guy to step up and help the team tonight," Kane said after Wednesday's morning skate. "I'll be looking to do that."

Kane has accounted for two goals in the series against the Red Wings, but he has gone goal-less in the last three games. He thought he was close to converting in Game 5 and Game 6 after having a combined 11 shots on net.

"I thought the last couple games going back to Game 5, I probably could have had a few there, a couple chances the last game," said Kane, who has two goals and seven assists in the playoffs. "Just keep trying to get to the net, doing the right things and hopefully one will bounce my way."

Kane has previously played in just one in Game 7 during his NHL career. He and the Blackhawks lost to the Vancouver Canucks 2-1 in overtime in Game 7 of a conference quarterfinal series in 2011. Kane had zero points and four shots on goal in the loss.

"That one didn't turn out well," Kane said. "It's exciting to have another chance at it, especially after being down 3-1 [in this series.] It gets even better that it's here at home at the United Center. If you can't get excited enough for this one, you're not going to be able to get up for any hockey game."