A feeling of deja vu for Patrick Kane
BY MARK LAZERUS firstname.lastname@example.org June 23, 2013 6:54PM
Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) scores against Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask (40) in the second period during Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Saturday, June 22, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh) ORG XMIT: CXA120
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Updated: July 25, 2013 6:38AM
BOSTON — Yes, Patrick Kane has allowed himself to dream a little bit about the possibility of doing it again, of throwing his gloves in the air and dancing down the ice one more time, of becoming the first player in NHL history to score the Stanley Cup-winning goal in overtime twice.
How could he not?
‘‘We were just kind of talking about that,’’ Kane said after the Blackhawks arrived Sunday in Boston for Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday. ‘‘I don’t know, I think the stars would have to be aligned right for it to happen like that again.’’
Sure, it’s a long shot. After
all, only 15 Cups have been won in overtime. And after it happened three times between 1996 and 2000, it didn’t happen again until
Kane slipped a sharp-
angled shot past the Flyers’ Michael Leighton at 4:06 of overtime in Game 6 in Philadelphia in 2010. But three of the first five games of the 2013 Final have gone to overtime, and Kane always has had a knack for being Mr. Big Shot.
‘‘That’s the type of player he is,’’ defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson said. ‘‘When it comes down to the wire in tight games, big games, that’s when he wants the puck. That’s when he wants to score the goals — the big goals.’’
Besides the 2010 Cup winner, Kane had a hat trick in the decisive Game 6
against the Vancouver
Canucks in 2009, the overtime winner to complete a hat trick and close out the Los Angeles Kings in
Game 5 last round and a two-goal performance in the pivotal Game 5 of the Final on Saturday.
Winger Patrick Sharp seemed almost stunned when he was asked late
Saturday if the Game 5 performance cemented Kane as a ‘‘big-game player.’’
‘‘I don’t think this game had to happen to define Kaner as a big-time player,’’ Sharp said. ‘‘He’s had plenty of opportunities, and he shows up in big games with big performances. I knew
he was a big-time player
After scoring only once in two consecutive first-round playoff losses and after starting slowly in this postseason, Kane has rocketed into the Conn Smythe Trophy discussion with seven goals in his last seven games. One more big-time goal in a big-time moment might put him over the top.
Kane, of course, said he doesn’t care who wins the game or how the Hawks do it, only that they do it. But it wouldn’t surprise anybody to see Kane come up big once again.
‘‘I’ll do whatever I can to help the team win,’’ Kane said. ‘‘It would be a great feeling.’’