Patrick Kane not losing sleep over playoff goal drought
BY MARK LAZERUS firstname.lastname@example.org May 14, 2013 10:42PM
Updated: June 16, 2013 6:28AM
Since slipping the puck past Philadelphia Flyers goalie Michael Leighton in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals in 2010 to clinch the Blackhawks’ first championship since 1961, winger Patrick Kane has played in 18 playoff games and has scored one goal.
Of course, he hasn’t been invisible. In those 18 games, Kane has 14 assists, including five in the first round this season against the Minnesota Wild. So while Kane certainly would like to bury one, he’s not stressing about it.
‘‘You always want to score goals,’’ said Kane, who said he could have had a goal in each of the games against the Wild. ‘‘But I’ve always tried to tell myself just to make the right play. If it’s a pass, it’s a pass.’’
Winger Patrick Sharp scored five times against the Wild while skating on Kane’s line. He didn’t think anything was wrong with Kane, either.
‘‘Kaner brings so much more to the team than goal-scoring,’’ Sharp said. ‘‘To me, he’s the best passer — if not one of them — in the league. You’ve seen his two-way play this year. He’s had a great regular season and a great first round. People make a big deal out of goals scored, but he set up five that wouldn’t have gone in if it wasn’t for him. People need to remember that.’’
The Hawks weren’t thrilled with the schedule for their Western Conference semifinal series against the Detroit Red Wings. Besides starting a day later than expected, the series features two two-day breaks — between Games 1 and 2 and between Games 3 and 4. The Hawks will fly home from Detroit between Games 3 and 4.
‘‘From being in past playoff series, you kind of expect to play every other day,’’ Kane said. ‘‘But the schedule is what it is. Both teams have to deal with it. [It] would have been nice to play a little bit quicker, I guess.’’
Daniel Carcillo and Jamal Mayers, both of whom likely will be out of the lineup for Game 1, nearly got into a scrap during practice.
‘‘Not concerned,’’ coach Joel Quenneville said. ‘‘I’ve seen
many of those. I think it shows how competitive it is. Guys want to play.’’
Since joining the Hawks in 2005, Sharp has 17 goals and 16 assists in 43 games against the Red Wings. And he has 23 points (11 goals and 12 assists) in 21 career games at Joe Louis Arena, his best production rate in any building, including the United Center.
‘‘I like playing in Joe Louis Arena; I like playing against the Wings,’’ Sharp said. ‘‘I’ve been fortunate in the regular season against them a little bit, but they’re a tough team, and I don’t take anything for granted.’’