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Blackhawks superstar Patrick Kane reflects on NHL career and where he sees himself in 10 years

Blackhawks superstar Patrick Kane reflects on NHL career and where he sees himself in 10 years

When he turned 30 years of age in November, Patrick Kane said he's never felt better. And he backed it up on the ice.

The three-time Stanley Cup champion and former Hart Trophy winner finished with a career-high 110 points this season and averaged 22:29 of ice time per game, which is the highest mark of his NHL career. 

NBC Sports analyst Jeremy Roenick sat down with the Blackhawks' superstar at NHL All-Star weekend in San Jose to reflect on Kane's career to this point and where it's headed. Can No. 88 get even better?

"Yeah, I think so," Kane said. "I am excited about where my game's at, I'm excited about where I can go. I always feel like even when you have a good game, you know how it is, always feel like there are a couple plays here or there you could have had and you come out of a game with a couple points you say I should have had a couple more, right? So that's always the mentality. You are never really satisfied, but I always feel there is room to grow. I think there is another level to my game I can even get to."

That's a scary thought, Roenick responds for all of us.

"You know what, I really believe it," Kane said. "I think it’s the truth too, I wouldn’t be saying it just to say it. I think I learned a lot under Joel [Quenneville]. Obviously we have a new coach in Jeremy Colliton, learned a lot from him so far. He thinks I have another level to my game as well, so it's fun to hear."

Kane just wrapped up his 12th NHL season. This is where players begin to reach the back nine of their careers, but there may be an exception for superstars like Kane who tend to get better with age.

So where does he see himself in 10 years?

"I don't know, it's crazy, it feels like yesterday I was in Montreal playing in that All-Star Game, so you say 10 years from now it's like how fast time goes," Kane said. "But I don't know, I like that name 'Showtime,' that's a pretty fun name so hopefully can entertain like you did for as long as I can I guess."

Check out the interview below:


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Andrew Shaw trying to find balance between toeing the line and not crossing it for Blackhawks

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Andrew Shaw trying to find balance between toeing the line and not crossing it for Blackhawks

The Blackhawks brought Andrew Shaw back to Chicago because they lacked some bite to their game. He's already meeting expectations in the physicality department, leading the team with 23 hits.

But the other part of his game the Blackhawks have to live with is the amount of penalties he takes. Through six games this season, Shaw has taken at least one penalty in five of them and is tied for third among all NHL skaters with six minors. The only two skaters above him are guys who have played in two and four more games, respectively.

Because he plays on the edge, Shaw will occasionally cross it and he's trying to find that balance between toeing the line and not stepping over it.

"I find if I'm not playing on the edge, I'm not playing great," Shaw said. "I need to play physical. Even in preseason, I was just finishing checks — clean, shoulder-to-shoulder — and was getting penalty after penalty. Hockey still is a physical game. There's still hitting; it's still legal. So I'm going to go out there and play hard, make it hard on my opponents, make it hard on them physically, do what I do. Not going to change who I am now. I'm an old dog."

Shaw's reputation may also contribute to the matter. He's racked up more than 600 penalty minutes in his NHL career, including postseason, and the officials might be keeping a closer eye on him when he's on the ice.

"It's something he's got to be aware of, but I also think he's got a bullseye on him," coach Jeremy Colliton said. "If I go back through all the penalties he's taken, he probably earned a couple and he probably earned them five years ago. That's something he's got to deal with. We want him to play hard. I think we can handle the ones where he's running people over. We'll kill those off. Obviously the stick penalties and stuff we don't want. But he's playing hard for the team. That's a good thing."

Said Shaw: "The referees, no matter the history of the player, should call the game as it is. If there's a penalty, call a penalty. If there's not a penalty, you let it go. I mean, yeah, I might have been too vocal in my younger days. But the past three years I've been trying to clean it up a little bit. I just take my penalties when I get 'em. But I must have dug myself a really deep hole. Just trying to climb out of it since."

Still, Shaw knows he has to be smarter about the timing of his penalties and where they're happening. The ones that occur in the offensive zone are the penalties that must be eradicated from his game. The ones he earns from battling between the whistles and sticking up for his teammates, the Blackhawks can live with those.

"Obviously I don't want to take penalties, I don't want to put my team down," Shaw said. "I also don't agree with all of the ones I got. I think I got the short end of the stick on a lot of them. Bite my tongue, go to the box. Our PK's been working hard and competing and killing some penalties. Hopefully they start going my way, I guess."

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Robin Lehner to start in goal for Blackhawks vs. Golden Knights

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Robin Lehner to start in goal for Blackhawks vs. Golden Knights

Robin Lehner will start in goal for the Blackhawks when they host the Vegas Golden Knights at the United Center on Tuesday, coach Jeremy Colliton confirmed after morning skate. It will be his third start of the season.

Lehner is coming off a game in which he stopped 37 of 39 shots for a save percentage of .949, which earned him the No. 3 star of the game in a 3-2 overtime win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday. He was fantastic. 

Lehner is 1-0-1 with a 2.47 goals-against average and .931 save percentage in two starts this season.

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