As comfortable as Patrick Kane was out on the ice last night, he was also fortunate. And in hockey, sometimes that’s all you need. The Blackhawks star scored two goals to lead Chicago to a 3-1 win in last night’s Game 5 of the Stanley Cup finals. Kane has seven goals in his last seven games and nine goals during this postseason as the Blackhawks head to the Hub with a 3-2 series lead. For this 24-year-old, his comfort came from the fact he was, once again, playing with Jonathan Toews and Bryan Bickell. And he said his goals, scored on two opportunistic bounces, were a direct result of his linemates. “Sometimes you catch some breaks. I think I was in the right spot at the right time tonight on both goals,” Kane said. “I thought I had some other chances too and could’ve scored. But playing with (Toews) and (Bickell), they create a lot of space and I’ve been taking advantage of the space they do make. I think everyone wants to be that guy in big-time games and I’ve been lucky enough in a couple to step up.” In Game 5 of the Western Conference finals, Kane scored a hat trick in the Blackhawks’ 4-3 double-overtime win against Los Angeles. He played on a line with Toews and Bickell that game, but coach Joel Quenneville split up the trio to start the Stanley Cup finals.
Patrick Kane discovers his comfort zone
Boston Herald | Jun 23