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5 Thoughts: Chicago Blackhawks defeat Dallas Stars 6-1 in final home game

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CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 05: The Chicago Blackhawks celebrate defeating the Dallas Stars 6-1 at the United Center on April 5, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 05: The Chicago Blackhawks celebrate defeating the Dallas Stars 6-1 at the United Center on April 5, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images) /
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The Chicago Blackhawks entered Thursday night’s tilt with the Dallas Stars looking to repeat a strong effort against a Central Division foe.  They came through with a solid 6-1 victory. Here are my 5 Thoughts on the game.

1 – Ladies and Gentlemen, Patrick Kane.

Patrick Kane became the all-time single-season scoring leader not named Denis Savard on the Chicago Blackhawks with his opening tally.  His wicked snipe past goalie Anton Khudobin gave him 108 points on the season to surpass Bobby Hull in the team’s list of highest single-season point totals.

Kane had hit a slight goal-scoring slump recently but snapped out of it with an impressive backhand goal against St. Louis on Monday night.  In contrast to that goal scored on a rush, Kane seemed to slow down while being outnumbered 1 against 3, lulled both

Justin Dowling

and

Anton Khudobin

into a trance, and then snapped off a wicked shot.  This is a goal scorer in action.

But wait, there’s more.  Kane scored his second goal of the night on a nice feed from

Drake Caggiula

.  The breakaway was trademark Kane as he pulled away from his defender to go forehand/backhand through the pads of Khudobin.  It was his 44th goal of the season and is two goals shy of his Hart Trophy season total of 46 in 2015-16.  Of course, we must savor this goal.

Besides tallying 2 goals, his elite passing skills were on full display.  His excellent game performance earned him first star honors, and the same can be said for his 2018-19 season.  He truly is Mr. Showtime.

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