Patrick Kane knows hockey.
And now he is trying to push for more from himself and his teammates.
“We haven’t done anything yet. But it’s a great step,” Kane shared with reporters.
And the road thus far hasn’t been exactly an easy one. Nashville gave Chicago a scare and even drove Crawford off the ice for a few games.
They beat the Wild but were outscored in the 6 game series. Feast or famine. And questions about the defense.
The Hockey Writers share more:
The battle between the Ducks and Blackhawks to decide the Western Conference champion was one that will not soon be forgotten. After a 4-1 Ducks victory in Game 1, the two teams engaged in a series that could have gone either way in most games. Games 2-5 were decided by one goal, with one of those games needing three overtimes (Game 2, 3-2 Chicago win), one needing two overtimes (Game 4, 5-4 Chicago victory) and one contest requiring a single overtime (Game 5, 5-4 Anaheim win).
The Game 7 victory was done in true Blackhawks fashion, as all of the names you would expect shined to close out the series. Jonathan Toews notched two goals, Duncan Keith tallied two assists and, of course, Kane scored three assists in the 5-3 victory.
Despite his three points, Kane was quick to point to the locker room leader as the source of inspiration.
“It speaks volumes about the character in this room, and the leadership, starting with the captain,” Kane said. “You get two goals (from Toews) right away. It’s pretty remarkable how he shows up in these games, and seems to come through time after time.”
The Blackhawks’ next challenge will start Wednesday evening in Florida, as the Tampa Bay Lightning will be looking to add their second Stanley Cup title in 11 years.
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