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Chicago Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane gets set for third period faceoff as Hawks defeated Vancouver Canucks 2-1 overtime March 21

Chicago Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane gets set for a third period faceoff as the Hawks defeated the Vancouver Canucks 2-1 in overtime March 21, 2012 at the United Center. | TOM CRUZE~Sun-Times

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KANE’S GONE MISSING

After averaging nearly half a goal per game during the regular season, Patrick Kane is averaging an anemic 0.13 goals per game in the playoffs.

Date Opp. G A +/-

Apr. 30 MIN 0 1 0

May 3 MIN 0 2 2

May 5 @MIN 0 2 2

May 7 @MIN 0 0 0

May 9 MIN 0 0 -1

May 15 DET 0 1 1

May 18 DET 1 0 -2

May 20 @DET 1 0 0

May 23 @DET 0 0 0

May 25 DET 0 1 1

May 27 @DET 0 0 0

May 29 DET 0 0 -1

June 1 LA 0 0 1

June 2 LA 0 1 1

June 4 @LA 0 0 -1

Totals 2 8 3

Updated: July 7, 2013 1:06PM



LOS ANGELES — It’s been a while since Patrick Kane has seen one of his shots go in. A little reminder that it’s still possible couldn’t hurt.

“The other day, myself and my dad watched all my playoff goals from my career,” Kane said Wednesday. “It’s cool to watch those things, and gives you a little confidence.”

Kane’s never been a guy hurting for confidence. But with two goals in 15 playoff games, one point in his last five games, and mired in a seven-game drought, his frustration level is rising. He’s not the only Blackhawks star struggling — Jonathan Toews has just one goal in the playoffs, and just one point in the Western Conference final against the Los Angeles Kings. But Kane’s absence was particularly conspicuous in Game 3, when the Hawks offense mustered just 20 shots on Jonathan Quick.

Kane noticed, too.

“[Game 3] was a big example where our team didn’t play the best game, but it’s a game I can step up … a game where I can get a big goal or a big pass or whatever it might be,” Kane said. “That’s a game that I feel I need to do something to help us win.”

Hawks coach Joel Quenneville made it clear he wasn’t happy with Kane’s play in this series, offensively or defensively. He and Kane both said that offensive struggles can be mitigated by better play in other facets of the game, and Quenneville said, “We’re looking for a little more.”

Kane has just three goals in 28 playoff games since scoring the Stanley Cup-winning goal in 2010. But he said it’s been a few years since he’s slumped like this — he had just one six-game scoring drought during a stellar regular season in which he had 23 goals and 32 assists in 47 games — and that he simply needs to “will” himself out of it.

“It’s not all of a sudden I’m a bad player, it just doesn’t happen like that,” Kane said. “I had a good regular season and I’m still a good player in this league and can make plays. It’s something I’ve just got to go out and do.”



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