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Patrick Kane believes he can turn things around by demanding the puck

May 25, 2014, 9:09 PM EST

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While the Los Angeles Kings have enjoyed such strong work from their second line that it’s inspiring sitcom-related nicknames, the Chicago Blackhawks are hoping for more from the likes of Patrick Kane. In other words, they’re hoping that history repeat itself.

Sure, it’s unsettling that the 25-year-old star hasn’t generated a single point in three games against Los Angeles, but he only produced one assist through Games 1-3 of the 2013 Western Conference finals against this same opponent.

Starting in Game 4 in 2013, Kane began a rampage that helped him secure the Conn Smythe Trophy. He scored a goal in Game 4 against the Kings before generating a hat trick – including the series clincher in double overtime – to advance Chicago to the Stanley Cup Final.

The Blackhawks winger almost seems to become more dangerous as postseasons progress; He capped a great 2010 playoff run by scoring eight points (three goals, five assists) in the last four games against the Philadelphia Flyers to win Chicago’s first Stanley Cup of the Kane – Jonathan Toews era. (That included Kane’s odd and memorable Cup-clinching goal against Michael Leighton, of course).

Let there be no doubt about it; Kane seems concerned.

Still, there have been some chances … they just haven’t been resulting in goals.

The solution? Kane believes that he needs to assert himself:

The Kings know from experience that Kane can take over a game or even multiple playoff games when he gets going. The Blackhawks seem confident that he can pull it off again.

  1. r8rbhawk - May 25, 2014 at 9:15 PM

    That’s my puck baby, don’t you ever touch my puck!

    • blomfeld - May 26, 2014 at 12:28 PM

      SO YOU ‘WANT’ THE PUCK EH KANE ? …

      WELL GO AHEAD … MAKE OUR DAY, PUNK !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. suesawicki2000 - May 25, 2014 at 9:24 PM

    He can think what he wants, it’s not going to happen. GO KINGS GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. mattyg89 - May 25, 2014 at 9:56 PM

    Get a couple past quick is a good way to start. Toews had the idea yesterday but too bad the rest of the team faltered. If we don’t split on the road we are going to be in trouble.

  4. lovac2 - May 25, 2014 at 10:07 PM

    We need a whole lot more from Kaner if we want to win this series. He looks to me very timid and soft around the boards. He always play that way, but it is much more noticeable and annoying when things are not going right.

  5. comeonnowguys - May 25, 2014 at 11:39 PM

    All this talk about Kaner… what about Sharp? If he’s not injured, something is up.

  6. McFaddensPulledHammy - May 26, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    I got an idea Coach Stache:

    Bickell – Toews – Kane
    Sharp – Regin – Hossa
    Morin – Shaw – Saad
    Bollig – Kruger – Smith

    Seabrook – Keith
    Hammer – Oduya (hurts to say this because he is a turnover machine)
    Leddy – Brookbank (doesn’t take as many bad penalties as Rosey)

    I would not be surprised to see 19 and 88 together tomorrow. It’s usually his “we need to jump start” our offense and this is the way he tries to do it.

    • slysipops - May 26, 2014 at 2:31 PM

      GREAT CHOICES !

  7. brandotho - May 26, 2014 at 3:18 AM

    Kane’s first seven games this postseason: 5 goals (2 GWG), 3 assists, +8 rating, 23 SOG

    Kane’s last eight games this postseason: 1 goal (series GWG), 1 assist, -6 rating, 21 SOG

    Yikes.

  8. aldog83 - May 26, 2014 at 3:50 AM

    Hope Kane can gain his confidence……

    In the OFFSEASON!!!

    GKG!!!!

  9. slysipops - May 26, 2014 at 2:30 PM

    isn’t this the same guy who stated he figured out how to get himself into clear lanes before game 3 ?? …………… NO GUTS …NO GLORY !

  10. classicdbrown - May 26, 2014 at 2:53 PM

    I thought Kane was a healthy scratch the last few games ? Oh wait, no. I saw him take off his helmet at one point.

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