Is Sunday A Hart Trophy Showcase Game For Patrick Kane?

By Keith Schultz

Jan 21, 2015; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) looks on against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the third period at the CONSOL Energy Center. Chicago won 3-2 in a shootout. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The last time the Chicago Blackhawks had Hart Trophy (MVP) award winner it was still the 1960’s so to say that it’s been a bit of dry spell is a bit of an understatement.  Tomorrow at the United Center the Chicago Blackhawks face-off against the Pittsburgh Penguins and the question is could this be a Hart Trophy Showcase between Patrick Kane and Sidney Crosby.

Sidney Crosby is the defending Hart Trophy winner and has won the trophy twice and has been battling this season through one of slowest offensive years ever, but he’s been catching fire as of late and will always be on the short list for the Hart Trophy.

Patrick Kane has thrown his name into the Hart Trophy race with his very steady season after a slow October.  Kane is the NHL league leader in points currently with 63 and has 5 game winning goals and has scored more goals in the third period than the first two periods combined.

Kane of course knows something about breaking long dry spells in a Chicago Blackhawks jersey.  Of course we all know and remember when Kane scored in overtime in Philadelphia during Game #6 of the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals ending a 49 year Stanley Cup draught for the Blackhawks.

Kane could become the first Hart trophy winner from the Blackhawks since Stan Mikita won it after the 1967-68 season. Not only would Kane end the Blackhawks dry spell he would become the first American to ever take home the Hart Hardware.

So coming back to Sunday afternoon at the United Center the Blackhawks take on the Penguins on National TV  with no football interrupting people and everyone will be able to see Chicago Vs Penguins and in particular Kane vs Crosby.

Of course Kane cares about wins the most but putting up a big game against Crosby and the Penguins on NBC could lead to a special offseason in Las Vegas for Kane.

It all kicks off tomorrow at 11:30am and it should be exciting on many levels even if Pierre McGuire will be slurping Crosby, but in the end Kane could get the last laugh!

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