3. Patrick Kane’s Memorable Return
Patrick Kane was out for ten days and in those ten days, the Blackhawks went winless. Also, Seth Jones passed him on the points leader chart for the team. Kane didn’t seem to like that very much, so he decided to go out there and score four points in one game to regain the lead. He displayed both his hands, playmaking skills, and his lethal shot in this game as he scored on a rebound chance, a one-timer, created Brandon Hagel’s goal on a rebounding shot, AND scored on a snap shot up close.
Patrick Kane is a special player, there is no doubt about that. He is the best American-born player in hockey’s history and he displayed those skills last night. Kane’s offense has been sorely missed by this team but it was promising to see Kirby Dach and Alex Debrincat do their best to carry the team as their mentor was benched. However, Kane is still the cornerstone of this team and his play doesn’t seem to be falling off any time soon (knock on wood).
This Blackhawks team still has more to work on, mainly their odd-man chances against. Besides that, they finally scored on puck luck and made the most of their chances. Marc-Andre Fleury has been stellar in the last two games and if he continues this style of play as the Blackhawks score on the level they did last night?
The wins will start to come. Something they still need to work with is their defensive play, and that’s been a constant since Sheldon Brookbank’s hiring. This cannot continue if the Blackhawks really want to make a run.
But, a win is a win and ANY type of win is welcomed by this Blackhawks fan right now.
The Hurricanes come to town tomorrow night, November 3rd at 7 pm.
Home game at the United Center.