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Kane has found his finishing touch

Patrick Kane has eight goals and 10 assists this season, helping fuel the Hawks' hot start. AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin

Though many think he's playing the best hockey of his career, Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane doesn't necessarily believe it's true.

"Sometimes you get on a roll and it keeps going," Kane said matter-of-factly after scorching the Phoenix Coyotes on Thursday.

Kane scored two power-play goals and added a beauty of an assist, setting up Dave Bolland in the Hawks' 6-2 victory. Kane has eight goals and 10 helpers in 11 games this season, putting him second in the league in scoring. The Hawks have at least a point in all 11 of their games, thanks in part to Kane's surge.

"We're very happy with the way he's started the season with us," coach Joel Quenneville said. "His demeanor, his approach, his consistency in his game ... He's doing everything we want him to do."

Kane is benefitting from playing right wing instead of bouncing from center to wing, and playing in Switzerland during the lockout helped keep him sharp.

It's a far cry from a season ago when a portion of the fan base thought the Hawks might be better off moving on from Kane. His numbers were down, especially in the goal scoring department. He scored on just 9 percent of his shots in 2011-2012, by far the worst among the Hawks core players.

But moving him was never a serious thought by the organization. Kane isn't unlike Marian Hossa. Even when he's not at his best, he's dangerous.

"That pass to Bolland, things like that only happen when he's got the puck," Patrick Sharp said.

Kane drew two defenders to him then whipped a perfect pass to Bolland who hammered home the one-timer for the Hawks' third goal of the first period Thursday. It was sandwiched between Kane's two power-play tallies. But passing plays like that have always been common for him. What's different now?

He's scoring.

"I thought I played ok last year," Kane said. "As time went on it didn't factor into many points or goals. I try to tell myself that if I can capitalize on my opportunities, then things can go well for me. Just take it one game at a time. What happened in the past, happened in the past and not worry about that. Even after a game like this, you just want to take it into Nashville."

When pushed Kane admitted that he is finishing his chances better than a season ago.

"If you're scoring then you're obviously finishing better, especially after a year like last year," he said.

And that shooting percentage? It's up to a whopping 26.7 percent.

His second goal of the first period was a no-doubter after Sharp fed him with a goal-mouth pass for the Hawks' fourth tally. It's gotten to the point where the normal playmaker -- Kane -- has turned into the goal scorer while it's Sharp who is racking up the assists.

"I think that's the first time he came to me and said 'Nice pass,' usually it's the other way around," Sharp joked.

Kane responded: "It kills me to say he has become a better passer as time's gone on."

But when the conversation turned serious again, Kane wouldn't simply accept the praise. He wants more.

"There are still things I can do better, to be honest with you. That's the exciting part for me."