It’s no surprise that Blackhawks star Patrick Kane is a play maker. He’s gathered 17 points in the first 12 games of the season, with 11 goals. In Saturday’s 7-3 loss against the St. Louis Blues, Kane scored two goals, giving him the edge over all other NHL players. He jumped ahead of Leafs star Auston Matthews, Predators Flip Forsberg and Bruins right winger David Pastrnak, who all have 10 goals for the season.
So, let’s take a look at all the goals Kaner has accumulated early this season.
Blackhawks – Senators
Chicago started off its season in Ottawa, taking the game to overtime. The puck had been dropped for extra minutes, and it only took 38 seconds for Kane to get the puck on a breakaway. Going top shelf on Craig Anderson, he registered his first goal of the season, along with the win for the Blackhawks.
Kane Converting Against the Blues
In the first meeting against the Blues this season, the Blackhawks headed into the second period down by 1. With Brandon Saad right in front of goaltender Jake Allen, Kane lined up a shot that would end up pass Allen without him even seeing it, giving him his second of the season. Kane recorded 4 goals against the Blues in 3 games this season, including goals number 5, 10, and 11.
Auston Matthews and Patrick Kane
Game number three of the season consisted of Kane collecting two goals late in the third period, even getting the tying goal to bring the game into overtime. Rookie Henri Jokiharju set up Kane for the goal with only 84 seconds left. It only took 22 seconds for the Leafs to strike back. The United Center went silent from shock, and Auston Matthews raised his hand up to his ear, mocking the crowd because he couldn’t hear them. With Ward off again, Kane took the puck into the offensive zone. With only 28.3 seconds left in the final frame, Jokijharju once again passed the puck to Kane, who fired it past Sparks, sending the game into overtime for the 3rd consecutive Blackhawks game.
Schmaltz- Seabrook- Kane- Goal
While in Columbus, Kane gathered the last two goals of the night, defeating the Blue Jackets 4-1. Nick Schmaltz picked off Cam Atkinson at center ice, forming a beautiful tic-tac-toe play, where #88 blasted the puck into the empty net. Then, with less than 100 seconds left in the final frame, Artem Anisimov caught the Jackets on a change, flinging the puck to Kane on a breakaway for the empty net goal.
Kane Gets Goal #8 Against the Ducks
In the second period of the Ducks-Hawks match-up, the defense shifted left, leaving Kane all alone and open on the right side of the ice. Gustafsson’s pass was beautiful and perfect, making it easy for Patrick Kane to slap it past Gibson for the tie breaking goal.
Good Goal or Not?
Number nine was a tricky one. Brendan Smith pushed Patrick Kane in the blue paint. Kane backhanded the puck in between his skate, putting the puck in for the goal. Kane recalled after the game, “I was celebrating, and no one was reacting, so I was like, ‘Did I just miss that?’” The reason for the lack of excitement was the goal was immediately waved off for goaltender interference. After two reviews, they called it a good goal, and Kane had obtained his 9th of the season in just ten games. The last time a Blackhawk had accomplished that was Jeremy Roenick in 1993-1994.
Kane’s on a Roll
Kane is on track for an incredible season, racking up points almost every night. He extended his point streak to 6 when the Hawks fell short against the Oilers Sunday night. Nevertheless, Patrick Kane knows how to get the puck in the back of the net, and he isn’t slowing down anytime soon.
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