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‘The man, the myth, the mullet’: Kane delivers in the clutch, once again

Jun 22, 2013, 11:41 PM EDT


Chicago already has a Captain Serious.

Maybe it’s time for a Captain Clutch.

On Saturday night at the United Center, Patrick Kane staked claim to that moniker, scoring two goals — including the game-winner — to give the Blackhawks a 3-1 win over Boston in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final.

“It’s not a coincidence that Kaner makes the big goals,” ‘Hawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson said. “He wants the puck when it comes down to the wire.”

Chicago head coach Joel Quenneville tried to explain what makes Kane so special.

“Kaner’s got high-end skill,” Quenneville said following the game. “He’s dangerous with the puck. His anticipation without it offensively is high-end.”

High-end skill is one thing, sure, but if Kane has shown a singular defining characteristic over this playoff run and playoff runs prior, it’s a flair for the dramatic

In 2009, he delivered his first major knockout blow — a hat-trick in Game 6 of the Western Conference finals against Vancouver, eliminating the Canucks from playoff contention.

In 2010, he scored the Cup-winning goal against Philadelphia, finishing Game 6 in overtime to give Chicago its first championship in 49 years.

This year, he KOed the defending champion Los Angeles Kings in the Western Conference finals with (another) three-goal epic, and outdid his stellar ’09 hat trick by scoring the third and final goal in double overtime.

Then, there were tonight’s heroics.

Both of Kane’s tallies displayed the type of high-end skill Quenneville alluded to, including the game-winner — No. 88 roofed home a backhand that knocked Tuukka Rask‘s water bottle off the top of the net.

“Guys [like Kane] have kind of an innate skill in scoring, being a top player,” Quenneville explained. “They anticipate like the rest of us would like to.”

Kane now has six goals in his last seven games, and leads the Blackhawks in scoring in the Stanley Cup Final with three goals, two assists and five points.

Yet in the end, it won’t be the number of goals that defines Kane.

It’ll be the way that he scored them, the times that he scored them, and the legacy he’s building as one of the NHL’s most productive players in pressure situations.

“The difference in this game,” NBC’s Liam McHugh said during tonight’s broadcast, “is the man, the myth, the mullet.”

  1. thesportsjudge - Jun 22, 2013 at 11:56 PM

    He just doesn’t deliver, in the cab.

    • alexbaymac - Jun 23, 2013 at 11:33 PM

      Yup, a moment I’m sure he’ll regret for the rest of his life. I’m glad he’s not that jerk anymore…I just wish you weren’t still the same jerk YOU were at 20.

  2. Anoesis - Jun 23, 2013 at 12:14 AM

    He was channeling Gretzky tonight: He didn’t go where the puck was, he went where the puck was going to be.

  3. polegojim - Jun 23, 2013 at 12:26 AM

    Kane played like… Kane should tonight.

    Excellent anticipation and position.

    • florida727 - Jun 23, 2013 at 10:12 AM

      #pole, aren’t you the guy that 2-3 weeks ago posted on here that Kane was nothing more than a “role player” and that he’d never be a “star player”?

      In all seriousness, if it wasn’t you, I apologize, but someone on here posted that and I thought it was you. They said Kane would never be anything like a Crosby or an Ovechkin or a Jagr. What is he, 24 years old? Now he’s one game away from having his name on the Cup TWICE?

      • polegojim - Jun 23, 2013 at 11:07 AM

        @florida – the first part of your comment was absolutely me… and I didn’t make it up.

        Remember, even his Head Coach called him out and put him on the line with Toews, because he was not producing when featured on ‘his’ line. During the Detroit series and the first part of the Bruins… he was PLAYING like a role player…

        The purpose of this post is to also give the guy credit for stepping up… as he should have and needed to.

  4. joeyg88 - Jun 23, 2013 at 1:10 AM

    This is Patrick Kane’s world and we are just living in it

  5. viachicago22 - Jun 23, 2013 at 2:33 AM

    He is so damn fun to watch. Go Hawks.

  6. canucks30 - Jun 23, 2013 at 4:33 AM

    Between his assist on Parise’s goal in the final minute of the Gold Medal game at the 2010 Winter Olympics, his hat trick vs Roberto Luongo in 2009, his Stanley Cup Winning goal in OT vs Philly in 2010, his hat trick vs Jonathan Quick in the WCF this year, and his performance last night, it is safe to say that Patrick Kane is the most clutch player to enter the NHL since Joe Sakic.

  7. detroitcityy - Jun 23, 2013 at 7:49 AM

    He’s defiantly not the most clutch player right now..where was he when they were playing detroit?

    • florida727 - Jun 23, 2013 at 10:15 AM

      Where was he? Drawing all the attention, to open up opportunities for others. It’s sometimes referred to as being a “team player”. Maybe if one or two of your guys knew how to do that, your team wouldn’t be playing golf right now.

    • alexbaymac - Jun 23, 2013 at 11:30 PM

      I believe he was the only scorer in two of the loses…he was the ONLY one that showed up in some of those games!

  8. bhawk729 - Jun 23, 2013 at 8:23 AM

    Sour grapes, detroitcityy

  9. buffalomafia - Jun 23, 2013 at 9:12 AM

    Keep up the good work Kane! But please cut the mullet?!

    • imleftcoast - Jun 23, 2013 at 9:01 PM

      Going to be harder to do with his two rings. Rogaine on the top, and party in the back.

  10. skarfacci - Jun 23, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    Keep the mullet…it’s awesome. The mullet is to the NHL what murdering thug idiots is to the NFL.

  11. rebekah319 - Jun 23, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    Patrick Kane can score goals SHOCKING! This is not news and annoying news at all… everyone thinks he is so special….

    • cfos00 - Jun 23, 2013 at 4:43 PM

      Yes, people do. Because he scores a whole lot of them, has some of the best hands in the game, and scores goals that other people just physically can’t. As it turns out, goals greatly help decide who wins and who loses. Kind of an important part of the game.

  12. s2mikey - Jun 23, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    He’s an exciting young player that’s marketable. The NHL desperately needs more of these types of players to increase the sports popularity. The NBA draws more TV viewership because of its stars. The NHL needs to do the same. Hockey needs more guys to root for and against. It gets people watching.

  13. travishenryskid - Jun 23, 2013 at 1:10 PM

    Easily my favorite player to watch right now. In an era where everyone is clamoring for two way, defensive minded forwards, Kane is a pure skill player and he’s getting it done. The NHL is doing everything in its power to negate the impact of highly skilled players, but Kane is showing that the most skilled players are still the ones you need to win, and I love it.

  14. blueballzny - Jun 23, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    How can you talk about Kane’s biggest moments and not talk about his performance in the Olympics. I am a casual hockey fan. I love my Isles, but I don’t know hockey the way I know baseball or football. However, I watched every game of those Olympics and there were 3 guys who stood out to me and all my other friends who are casual hockey fans: Ryan Miller, Zach Parise and Kane. Dude was a complete monster. Gotta included that when talking about Kane’s best moments.

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