As much as the Chicago Blackhawks have been frustrated by the Detroit Red Wings in the last two games of the Round 2 playoff series, their fans are probably more so. Throughout the regular season, fans were used to seeing production from all four lines with the biggest stars coming up big in the clutch. The last two games have hurt because the teamwork aspect is missing and a few Blackhawks stars have yet to put one in the net, but the only one to score in the Game 2 & 3 losses is one of their best stars who has a little bit of a reputation against the Red Wings goaltender.
Patrick Kane didn’t get a goal in the 5-game series against the Minnesota Wild but has been the only one to solve Jimmy Howard and keep the Blackhawks from being shut out in their 2 losses. Marian Hossa, Johnny Oduya, and Marcus Kruger all scored in Game 1 and Patrick Sharp had the empty netter, but Kane is building his resume of big goals against Howard. His first goal of the playoffs opened the scoring in Game 2 and gave the game a great start that the Blackhawks failed to capitalize on, and his goal in Game 3 began what was a stifled comeback attempt.
And then there was that game earlier in the year on March 3rd when the Blackhawks trailed the Red Wings 1-0 until Kane tied it up on the powerplay then had the one and only spectacular goal in the ensuing shootout to win the game. Let’s take a moment to reflect.
Kane’s PPG to tie it
Kane’s shootout winner
Ah, good times!
Shootouts don’t mean anything in the playoffs, but they give someone like Kane a chance to show off some moves that make him so tricky to goaltenders. So, just for old time’s sake, relive a moment in the final game of the 2011-2012 season.
Kane doesn’t “own” Howard by any means, but he does have a special ability when it comes to solving him and has picked up his personal game in the series lately. Get Kane the puck often and have him shoot as many times as possible, because Howard seems to have trouble with him! Something tells me Kane’s going to come up even bigger later in the series.
What do you think about Kane’s highlight goals against Howard?