Patrick Kane: Close-Out Specialist

By Keith Schultz

The Chicago Blackhawks are heading to Game #7 of the Western Conference Finals for the 2nd straight season, and if you are looking for a player to be a star with that big of a spotlight on it look no further than Patrick Kane.

The Chicago Blackhawks haven’t won every close-0ut game during the Jonathan Toews/Patrick Kane era, but they have won far more than they have lost, and #88 has been in the middle of most all of those great highlights.

Some players shy away or coward at big moments, and others like Patrick Kane seem to find the puck on their stick when it matters most and they aren’t afraid to do great things in big moments.

Patrick Kane in close out games since the 2009 Stanley Cup playoff season has played in 17 final games of a series and his statstics are amazing.  Patrick Kane has 14 goals and 9 assists when the Chicago Blackhawks either closed out a series or on a few occasions were ushered out of the playoffs.

Of course his biggest and best close-out moment came in 2010 in Philadelphia on a goal very few people saw go into the net for the Chicago Blackhawks first Stanley Cup in 49 seasons.

The one stat about Mr. Close-out that is rather amazing is that he’s never had a regular season career hat trick, but he’s had two Stanley Cup playoff hat tricks and both of them have been in close out games with the first one being against the then hated Vancouver Canucks in the 2009 playoffs at the United Center.

The second hat trick by Patrick Kane came in Game #5 of the 2013 Western Conference Finals when Patrick Kane took over the game for a while and then finished the series after nailing a one-time off a pretty feed by Jonathan Toews on a 2 on 1 in Double Overtime.

It’s unreal how Patrick Kane rises to the occasion when the stakes are at their highest, and tomorrow night it will be just another chapter in the great career of #88 and you can look for him to be active early and often trying to get that first goal and get the momentum on the Chicago Blackhawks side on the road in a hostile environment.

The Chicago Blackhawks stars came to play in Game #6, and you can expect them to come out to play on Saturday night with the chance to make it to the Stanley Cup Finals.

Is Kane the most clutch player to ever wear a Chicago Blackhawks jersey? Possibly, but either way he’s the Close-out specialist, and I can’t wait to see what he has in store for tomorrow night.

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