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Quenneville: ‘We’re looking for a little more’ from Kane

Jun 5, 2013, 5:38 PM EDT

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With just two goals this postseason and one point in the Western Conference finals, Patrick Kane‘s production — or lack thereof — is becoming an issue.

On Wednesday, Chicago head coach Joel Quenneville addressed it.

“We’re looking for a little more,” Quenneville said, when asked about Kane’s overall game thus far.

While Kane hasn’t exactly fallen off a cliff — he does have 10 points in 15 playoff games — there is a fairly significant decline from his regular-season production.

He had 55 points in 47 games during the year, and just two multi-game pointless streaks.

In the playoffs, he’s already had two similar streaks — Games 4/5 of the Minnesota series, and Games 6/7/1 of the Detroit-LA series.

As for how Kane can rediscover his offensive touch?

Quenneville thinks it’s all about speed and puck possession.

“When he’s playing his best hockey, he has the puck, he’s dangerous with it, being off the rush-in zone, coming off of our end,” Quenneville explained. “When he has the puck, not too many players in the league can do what he can do.”

  1. mydoglouie - Jun 5, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    A little back checking instead of floating wouldn’t hurt either

    • ronthecubsfan - Jun 5, 2013 at 6:48 PM

      He is the laziest back checker on the team. Just watch him a little bit – all he does is hang his head and loaf back. Want to see high quality back checking to compare? Watch Hossa just to see how it’s supposed to be done. You’d think that after 4 years of playing with Hossa he would have learned something…

      • devilsarethebest - Jun 5, 2013 at 7:55 PM

        Might turn out like OV’s team. Stars under perform and the team goes down. Unlike OV, he has a star studded roster though.

  2. northstarnic - Jun 5, 2013 at 6:23 PM

    Man, my all time best dog was named Louie. Miss his stanky little ass.

  3. r8rbhawk - Jun 5, 2013 at 6:36 PM

    It is amazing how deep the Hawks have been able to go in the playoffs when their best two forwards have been average. Remember the 2010 run? Kane had 28 pts and Toews 29.

    • icelovinbrotha215 - Jun 5, 2013 at 7:08 PM

      Yea, I remember haha. Valid point though.

  4. paperkid96 - Jun 5, 2013 at 6:36 PM

    “We’re looking for a little more,” Quenneville said

    Yeah. So was a certain Buffalo cab driver. We all know how that ended. Watch your mouth Quenneville.

  5. polegojim - Jun 5, 2013 at 8:05 PM


    How about a LOT more???

    Right now Kane = Backstrom… very little contribution for that ‘super star’ tag.

    Overpaid and under-delivering badly.

  6. imleftcoast - Jun 5, 2013 at 9:05 PM

    It’s a long playoff run, are we expecting the kid not to drink and harass women for two whole months???

    • slysipops - Jun 6, 2013 at 2:21 AM

      or beat up old cab drivers !

  7. slysipops - Jun 6, 2013 at 2:19 AM

    a little more backbone would help a lot! he played game 3 like he was trying to hide in a corner. he stopped several times at the blueline to let a linemate pass him and go into the corner for the puck and gave away a few pucks with his blind behind the backpasses to no one in his own d zone. has he got the guts for a tough hitting playoff series ? i think not. the coaches need to explain to him that in the playoffs ….there are no dippsey-doodle shootouts….. it’s grind and guts…. time to step up to the paygrade !

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