March 3, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) celebrates his goal with left wing Brandon Saad (20) during the third period against the Detroit Red Wings at the Joe Louis Arena. Chicago won 2-1 in a shoot out. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports
There are plenty of talented players in every sport but few have the ability to capitalize on their talents when their teams need them the most when time is running out. Michael Jordan has to be one of the greatest clutch players ever. Jordan won so many games at the buzzer. His talent was superior but he wasn’t afraid to fail which helped make his ability to make great plays when they mattered most come almost too easily. Most people forget that Jordan’s first NBA finals game ended with him missing a jump shot that went in and out at as the final horn went off. Any other player could have wilted under that type of play but Jordan led the Bulls to four straight wins and the Bulls first championship.
Another Chicago player has tremendous talent and never seems to shy away from the big moments. Patrick Kane continues to come up with the big goal when the time is running so close to expiring on a Blackhawks victory. Most of these big time goals happen not during a meaningless regular season game but when it’s a huge moment when the momentum could swing in the worst way.
Kane’s first big moment came in the 2010 playoffs when even with the Blackhawks shorthanded and time running out he tied the playoff game with 13 seconds. The goal turned the tide in the game and Marian Hossa scored the game winner and the Hawks were on there way to defeat the Nashville Predators in the first round of the playoffs.
Kane played great througout the 2010 playoffs which included scoring 10 goals and 18 assists for 28 points. The thing about the playoff run is that even though it’s only been three year since that run the goals and points seem to fade away except for a few plays. One of the plays of course that stands out the most is that when the Hawks had lost a 3rd period lead on the road in Game 6 of the Finals and with the game in overtime, the most talented and gifted player on the ice was able to make history .
Kane was the biggest “big splash” rumor last year at the trade deadline and this summer at the draft, but luckily Stan Bowman had other ideas and didn’t pull the trigger on trading one the most clutch Blackhawks that have played for the franchises long history. Kane has been spectacular in this shortened season after playing in Europe during the lockout. Kane almost seems to be on a mission and today with the Hawks streak in jeopardy he came through in the clutch like he has been doing for years. Yes Kaner is talented which is proven with his highlight reel shoot-out goals, but when the Hawks are pressed and need a goal or a brilliant pass to lead to a goal #88 finds a way to make more magic happen.
Keep the magic going through June on this great Blackhawks journey that the Hawks players and fans are on Kaner!!
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