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Patrick Kane Named NHL #1 Star Of The Week

By Keith Schultz

The Chicago Blackhawks haven’t had the best start to the season as a team with their 8-6-1 record to kick off the 2015-2016 season, but Patrick Kane hasn’t been the reason for the slow start by the team coming off their third Stanley Cup in 6 seasons.

Patrick Kane could have used a lot of excuses for not starting the season off well, but even though he was under investigation for rape in Hamburg New York (which was dismissed this past week as well) he put his nose down and just went to work and let things play themselves out in his hometown.

When Kane arrived at training camp, he said that he was rusty from not getting on the ice since the investigation beginning in early August, but since the season started there have been no signs of rust at all! Patrick Kane just picked up where he left off last season during the regular season where he was leading the NHL in points before he broke his clavicle ending his regular season.

This year has been more of the same with Kane picking up goals and assists with ease, and this past week he was named the NHL #1 Star of the Week for his efforts.  This past week Kane scored 4 goals and 5 assists for one of his best weeks of his career. Last night, Kane scored a goal and picked up three assists for his second career 4 point night (you would have to go back to 2007 in his rookie season for his other 4 point night).

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Kane picked up a goal and assist in the Chicago Blackhawks 4-2 win over the LA Kings and their 6-5 overtime loss to the St. Louis Blues.  Kane picked up the first goal of the night on Friday against the New Jersey Devils which ended up being a 4-2 loss. Last night was the icing on the cake with Kane assisting on 2 of Artemi Panarin first period goals, scoring in the third period, and in the final seconds setting up Artem Anisimov for the fourth and final goal of the night.

The Kane-Anisimov-Panarin line has been the only real consistent scoring line for the Chicago Blackhawks this season, and it’s a real fun line to watch with all of the offensive talent.  Last night was the first game in 11 that Panarin scored a goal, and like I’ve said on Twitter a bunch of times, watch out once he starts scoring routinely.

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Tyler Seguin and Mike Condon are your second and third stars of the week, and when you look up the leading point scorers in the NHL right now, it’s Seguin and Kane tied at the top.  Both players were injured for parts of last season, so it would be a nice run all year if both can stay healthy!

Patrick Kane is your #1 Star of the Week, What are your thoughts on Kane winning and his start to the season?