Patrick Kane’s magic hasn’t lasted into shootouts
BY MARK LAZERUS Staff Reporter December 30, 2013 10:03PM
Updated: December 30, 2013 10:18PM
Through his first six seasons, Patrick Kane was one of the best shootout specialists in the league — his 43.8 percent success rate put him in the top 10 all-time. That’s no surprise, given his penchant for fancy footwork and sweet stickhandling.
But in his finest offensive season yet, Kane is a stunning 0-for-9 in shootouts, in which the Hawks are 4-5.
“He’s got it going [during the games], so I don’t know,” coach Joel Quenneville said. “His numbers and history in it are excellent. We’ve still got a lot of confidence in him in that situation.”
Quenneville said he has considered taking Kane out of the rotation, which usually features him, Jonathan Toews (4-for-9 this season) and Patrick Sharp (5-for-8), but he just can’t pull the trigger.
“[If] he’s got three points in the game, it’s like, ‘OK, it’s going to happen,’ ” Quenneville said. “The ‘due’ factor is part of it, as well.”
Sharp, who had six goals in the last three games, was named the NHL’s First Star of the Week. Sharp had 11 goals and six assists in the Hawks’ previous eight games, and the timing couldn’t be better as he hopes to land a spot on Team Canada.
“Who knows if those decisions have been made or haven’t been made or if it has any impact at all,” Sharp said.
Sharp’s teammates, notably Toews, have been openly campaigning for him.
“I read some comments there. It was pretty nice,” Sharp said. “I had to [do a] double-take and make sure it said ‘Jonathan Toews’ at the end of it. I’m not used to hearing nice things from him. It was pretty cool to see that.”
Daniel Carcillo, who got his name on the Stanley Cup with the Hawks last season, was a healthy scratch for the Kings.