May 17, 2015; Anaheim, CA, USA; Anaheim Ducks goalie Frederik Andersen (31) reaches for the puck in front of Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) during the first period in game one of the Western Conference Final of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports
#1: Patrick Kane
No one was let off the hook after the Blackhawks’ Game One loss, but even if some were, Patrick Kane wouldn’t have been among them. After recording 13 points in 10 playoff games, and a goal in every game of the Hawks’ second-round series against the Minnesota Wild, a -2, point-less performance in Game One is going to stand out, to say the least.
No one builds the reputation that Kane has, and is turned a blind eye when the offense goes missing. Kane is the Blackhawks’ #1 offensive player, and he will have to be in Game Two to ensure a Blackhawks’ win.
However, the Ducks also target Kane as their #1 man to defend, so this becomes a team effort. With a solid game from Chicago’s first-line, the Blackhawks might get a chance to send Kane out there in a favourable match-up against the Ducks’ defensemen.
Patrick Kane has made California a second home in the past two years. It is crucial to the Blackhawks’ success that he does the same, preferably starting in Game Two.
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