Kane’s slo-mo shootout goal keeps Blackhawks streak alive
blog by Ben Kirst • March 04, 2013 @ 10:52am
Buffalo’s finest hockey export at the moment has to be Patrick Kane, the 24-year-old wunderkind whose 11 goals, 15 assists and plus/minus ranking of 10 have him among the early candidates for the National Hockey League’s Most Valuable Player during this lockout-shortened season. His status as the league’s top player is strengthened by the fact that Kane’s Chicago Blackhawks are off to an absolutely ridiculous start, posting a 19-0-3 record. The Blackhawks have earned points in 28 straight games (dating back to last season), the second-longest streak of its sort in NHL history.
That run was seriously threatened on Sunday, however, when the Detroit Red Wings had Chicago down, 1-0, with just over two minutes remaining in their afternoon donnybrook at Joe Louis Arena. Kane, however, scored to tie the game at 1-1 with a power-play wrister at the 17:58 mark of the third period, and then—after the scoreless overtime period—sealed the deal in a 2-1 win with this slow-motion shootout goal on Red Wings netminder Jimmy Howard:
“I knew I was going to slow down and see what he’s going to give me,” Kane told Kevin Allen of USA Today. “I think I planned to slow down a little bit earlier on that one, just to see if I had any different look. I thought he backed up pretty far, so I just tried to fire it low blocker and it ended up working out.”
Kane, unfortunately, will not appear at First Niagara Center this season due to scheduling necessities resulting from the lockout—unless, of course, Chicago meets Buffalo in the Stanley Cup Finals. Cross your fingers, hockey fans—cross them good and tight.