Kane hopes shootout skills provide thrills
BY ADAM L. JAHNS firstname.lastname@example.org January 27, 2012 11:34PM
Updated: February 29, 2012 8:08AM
OTTAWA, Ontario — Blackhawks star Patrick Kane thinks he can do better.
Kane will try to top the slow-moving, deke-filled move he put on Minnesota Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom in the shootout Dec. 14 when he competes in the popular breakaway challenge Saturday in the All-Star skills competition at Scotiabank Place.
“Maybe, we’ll see that one,” said Kane, who also will compete in the relay (passing accuracy) and the elimination shootout. “I think I’m going to put a little more show into it and try to do some cool things. . . . This is a great event to try to get the fans out of their seats.”
Kane didn’t hide his desire to win the breakaway challenge. Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin has won it every time since it began in 2008, but he won’t compete this year.
“It’s definitely a chance for me to put on a show for the fans and do some things,” said Kane, who said he will consult his father and friends for his moves. “I’m excited about doing it. It’s something that I wanted to do.
“I’m going to put some good things together and hopefully make the fans like what I do. It’s definitely a nerve-wracking event, probably one of the most, but I’m excited that I’m in it. I’d love to win it.”
Hossa the horse
Marian Hossa will take part in the fastest-skater challenge and shooting accuracy. Hossa doesn’t view himself as the fastest skater on the Hawks — “[Viktor] Stalberg would be,” he said — but he thinks he can hold his own.
“I’ll try to do my best and hopefully don’t pull anything,” Hossa joked. “I’ll try to warm up pretty good.”
Hossa will be competing against ex-Hawks defenseman Brian Campbell in the skater challenge. Campbell also might be the passer for Hossa in the accuracy competition.