Tuesday, December 3, 2013
First Star Kane not content with his play
By Scott Powers
CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane was appreciative of Tuesday's recognition as the NHL's First Star of November, but he let it be known he wasn't content with his play.
The Blackhawks' Patrick Kane had 19 points in November.
Kane is coming off a November where he had a career-high points streak of 12 games and had nine goals and 10 assists. His 19 points in November were the second most he had recorded in a month during his career. He had 20 points in November of 2009.
"I feel pretty good," Kane said after Tuesday's morning skate. "I think there's always room for improvement. You can always do certain things better on the ice. It's been a good start to the season obviously. You want to keep it going. There's certain things you want to turn around whether it's your defensive play or plus/minus or whatever it may be. You can always try to do more."
Kane has found a level of offensive consistency this season. He's recorded points in 21 of 28 games and is averaging 1.07 points a game. He has 16 goals and 14 assists in 28 games.
Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville believes Kane is playing some of his best hockey.
"He's been playing great," Quenneville said. "He had a great start to the season. The month of November he was outstanding, has the points streak going. Seems like he has the puck more than he has in the past. He's a threat off the rush. He's a threat in the zone. Good for a power play. It seems like every time he hits the ice he's got the puck, and that's a good thing."
Kane was the second Blackhawk to be rewarded by the NHL this week. Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith was named the league's Third Star of the Week on Monday. Keith had six assists last week.
"That's awesome," Toews said of Kane's award. "Kaner had a nice little points streak there. He was playing well there and scoring some big goals for us. That's nice to see.
"It's nice to have a team that's at the top of the league too, to be getting the points and wins as much as we have been. To see guys get recognized like Duncs and Kaner for the way they're playing, they're a huge part why this team is successful right now."
Kane also believes the Blackhawks' success has a lot to do with his own. The Blackhawks are 20-4-4 and are on a six-game winning streak.
"I think it's a pretty cool honor," Kane said. "Probably speaks more what the team is doing lately. Sometimes when your team is playing well, you're going to have some personal achievements along the way."