Sunday’s 6-4 win over the Boston Bruins should have been the Patrick Kane show with the milestones he reached. Not only did he do a number on the Bruins, but he got a hat trick and reached 100 points. But, not only that, Coach Quenneville also reached his 800th career win. It was a special day for Kane, Coach Q, Panarin and the rest of the Blackhawks. Here’s why:
Patrick Kane Powers Through
In Sunday’s victory against the Boston Bruins we saw a couple milestones. Without Patrick Kane, the Blackhawks would not have come out on top. With his hat trick, Kane reached the 100-point mark for the first time in his career as the Blackhawks were beating the Bruins 6-2 through the first two periods.,
He entered the game with 96 points and quickly hit the 100 mark within the first two periods. Kane recorded his second career regular-season hat trick (both happened this season) with just over five minutes remaining in the second period. With that goal, Kane reached 100 points for the season—he is definitely dangerous with that puck. His 100 points for the season make him the first Blackhawks player to record at least 100 points in a single season since Jeremy Roenick collected 107 points during the 1993-94 season. Watch out Roenick because Kane is coming for your record!
Coach Q’s Milestone
Hard work pays off and Sunday’s win gave Coach Joel Quenneville his 800th career win. His 800th win was a nerve-wracking one as the Bruins rallied in the third period to try to make a comeback, but fell short late in the game—that was a relief! Even with his 800th career win, Coach Q was quick to point out the season-long accomplishments of Kane who is a top candidate for the NHL’s Hart Trophy as the league MVP. Quenneville is second to Blackhawks Senior Advisor Scotty Bowman (1,244) in coaching wins.
Panarin has a Stellar Weekend
Not only was Kane the star of the game, but we have Panarin to thank as well. In Sunday’s game, Panarin had 4 points in addition to his 4 points from Friday’s game, which gave him 8 points in only three games. In the second period, Panarin ripped in a one-timer from the slot at 5:17 to make it 5-0, followed by Kane completing his hat trick with a power-play goal shortly after. And, with his 3 goals and 5 assists in only 3 games, the NHL has named Panarin the No. 1 Star of the Week!
The Revival of the Second Line
That’s right! The second line lives again! The Artemi Panarin-Artem Anisimov-Patrick Kane combination is a deadly one again. While they have been dragging lately, a different change of pace from the strong force they were most of the season, we can now say they are back with a vengeance. Kane and Panarin had four point days while Anisimov had a three-point outing for the Blackhawks. The Blackhawks second line is finally working together and looking stronger than ever—we will need this strong second line going into the playoffs that’s for sure.
And, with Marian Hossa leaving the game early, we are hoping to have him back on Tuesday against Arizona for another attempt at getting his 500th goal—Coach Q said his injury might not be so bad. Let’s hope it isn’t. But, until Tuesday, we will see if the Blackhawks can continue this perseverance and keep winning in the remaining games before playoffs begin.