Chicago Blackhawks: Patrick Kane Days Until Banner Raising

By Keith Schultz

We had so much fun doing our Countdown to Faceoff series last season that we decided to do it again.  In case you’re new to the series, we’ll do a roster preview as we count down the days until the Chicago Blackhawks raise their 6th Stanley Cup Banner on October 7th season opener against the New York Rangers.

We have arrived at one of our favorite days of the countdown even if it means the season is still nearly 3 months away.  It’s Patrick Kane day and one of the greatest closers in NHL history.  In 20 close out games in his Chicago Blackhawks career, Patrick Kane has 29 points.  Just look at Game #6 of the Stanley Cup Final this year,  in a series where he was struggling to put his name anywhere on the scoresheet, Patrick Kane made a sweet feed to Duncan Keith for the game winning goal, and put the finishing touches on the last goal of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Kane has had a tremendous career, but think how crazy it is that’s he’s scored the first goal of the NHL season in 2013, and scored the very last goal of the 2010 and 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs.

If you’re not convinced he’s clutch yet, how about the fact that Patrick Kane doesn’t have a regular season hat trick even though he is the only Chicago Blackhawks player to score 200 or more goals without a hat trick, but he has 2 postseason hat tricks and both have come on series clinching victories (Vancouver 2009, LA Kings 2013)

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Patrick Kane is one of the most exciting players in the NHL and can do somethings that even the most talented NHL stars cannot do. from spin-0-ramas to just plays that make you say wow.  It’s incredible that there were rumors of his trade back in the day because now he has three Stanley Cup champions and with his running mate Jonathan Toews are the main reasons the Chicago Blackhawks have risen from the worst era of Chicago Blackhawks hockey to a Gary Bettman proclaimed Dynasty.

Kane has won a Calder Trophy for rookie of the year, to a Conn Smythe for Playoff MVP.  The only disappointment from the past regular season had to be the Patrick Kane broken clavicle.  If it didn’t break when it did, Kane could have won his first Hart Trophy for NHL MVP.

This upcoming season will be an interesting season with new line mates for Patrick Kane again, but one thing is for certain when the going gets tough Patrick Kane gets clutch!

88 days until opening day!!

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