Just in case you missed it, Patrick Kane scored another stellar shootout goal. This time for his club in Switzerland where he is biding his time during the NHL lockout. Kaner doing magic in shootouts is nothing new to Chicago Blackhawks fans – or the entire NHL audience – and it’s always exciting to see what he will pull out of his bag of tricks when he’s in the spotlight.
But Kane seems to be using his time overseas as a “practice season” to prepare for and be ready when the NHL picks back up again. As fun as his shootout goals are to watch, Kane’s boyish reactions to the puck hitting the back of the net are just as fun. Last year we saw him celebrate a similar goal in Minnesota. And the very last game of the regular season we saw his grin after he danced with the puck and scored in Detroit. What was his reaction in Switzerland? The “been there, done that” face.
He scanned the crowd and didn’t see anything to get excited about. He skated back to the bench, watched his team lose, then headed to the locker room. Just another day not in Chicago. Or Minnesota. Or Detroit.
Kane is missing home, and not just Chicago. He’s missing his home fans and Blackhawks teammates to celebrate with. He’s missing the NHL. Judge for yourself.
Can you imagine if he had scored against Corey Schneider of the Vancouver Canucks in Chicago, or even Vancouver!? He may have celebrated a little something like this…
Just add “celebrating with Patrick Kane” to the list of things we’re all missing out on while the powers-that-be review proposals and release statements. Man, this list is getting long.
What do you think: Is Kane missing NHL fans?