Blackhawks: Kane feeling euphoric about third Stanley Cup


Blackhawks: Kane feeling euphoric about third Stanley Cup

Patrick Kane stood at the lectern feeling euphoric about winning another Stanley Cup.

Then he realized that this upcoming NHL season would be his ninth. And suddenly, the 26-year-old felt like a league elder statesman.

“You see the guys getting drafted, think they’re [born in] ‘97 or something,” Kane said. “You thought you were young as an ‘88 and you’re almost 10 years from the guys getting drafted.”

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Kane has packed a lot of winning and a lot of hockey into what seems like a short amount of time. And it only seemed appropriate that Kane, who led the league in scoring before suffering a fractured left clavicle, scored the final goal of this year’s Stanley Cup Final to ensure the Blackhawks’ third Cup in the past six seasons.

Not a bad career, and it’s not even close to being done.

“You realize how hard of a trophy it is to win,” Kane said. “This year, for some reason, seemed the hardest one for us.”

It may have seemed difficult this season because, when Kane went down in late February, the original timeline had him out for up to 12 weeks. For Kane, that news was “devastating. It breaks your heart.” But he came back in seven; and while he didn’t have his biggest impact until the second round against the Minnesota Wild, when he scored five goals in four games, he was thrilled to be back for the entire run. It also helped that the Blackhawks’ spread-the-wealth mentality meant Kane didn’t have to play savior as soon as he returned.

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“I was in a position, when I came back from injury, not everything was thrown on my back and I didn’t have to carry that much of a load,” he said. “You want to produce and help the team but it wasn’t like everything was on my shoulders. The team played pretty well when I was out. When you get hurt, you’re not thinking too far ahead. You try to get back as soon as possible. I did everything I could to get back early and get back healthy, too.”

Kane has lifted another Cup and once again he played a big part in winning it, from his tremendous pre-injury regular season to his great post-injury playoffs. He may feel a tad old when he sees the young guys getting drafted now but he’s got plenty of years left to keep piling up points — and perhaps lift a few more Cups.

“To be 26 and have three Stanley Cups right now is pretty unbelievable for me,” Kane said. “It’s something you can dream about, look forward to when you’re younger. To say it would actually happen three times, you’d be fooling yourself. I’m very happy with my career.”

Blackhawks honor Dave Bolland with “One More Shift” Friday

Blackhawks honor Dave Bolland with “One More Shift” Friday

Former Blackhawks forward Dave Bolland will be honored with “One More Shift” on the ice at United Center this Friday prior to Hawks matchup against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Bolland will stand with the team during the National Anthem and skate on ice in full gear. Along with time on ice, the United Center will also honor Bolland by showcasing his career highlights throughout the arena.

The Blackhawks will be celebrating the 10 year anniversary of their 2010 Stanley Cup win at five games this season, coinciding with “One More Shift” nights to honor individual players.  The United Center Atrium doors will open at 4pm, giving fans a chance to look at the interactive photo opportunities and historical items on display. Bolland will participate in a Q&A in the atrium at 6:30 p.m. before he hits the ice.

Dave Bolland was drafted by the Blackhawks in 2004 and spent ten seasons of his NHL career in Chicago. Bolland played with the team during two Stanley Cup championships, scoring the game-winning goal in the final minute of Game 6 of the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals against the Bruins. Bolland played in all 22 playoff games in 2010, garnering 16 points (eight goals, eight assists) which shared fifth among Blackhawks skaters in the postseason. Bolland recorded his best season of his career during the 2008-09 campaign with the Blackhawks, skating in a career-high 81 regular-season games and recording career highs in goals (19), assists (28) and points (47).

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Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Blackhawks show urgency vs. the undefeated

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Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Blackhawks show urgency vs. the undefeated

The Blackhawks finally got on the board for the season and did so in front of the 500th consecutive capacity crowd at the United Center.

Pat Boyle, Jamal Mayers and Charlie Roumeliotis break down the impressive performance by the Blackhawks against the undefeated Edmonton Oilers and discuss how Jeremy Colliton’s message got through to Alex Nylander and the rest of the team.

Plus, after an impressive performance in net, should Corey Crawford get the next game vs. the Blue Jackets? And what does the future have in store for Kirby Dach? Jamal makes a bold prediction.

0:54 – Blackhawks finally show urgency in 2nd period

2:47 – Penalty kill starting to show some life

5:00 – Thoughts on the Shaw/Strome/Kane line

6:43 – Blackhawks eliminating some defensive breakdowns

9:23 – Big rebound performance from Corey Crawford

11:36 – Colliton’s message to Alex Nylander got through

15:21 – Brandon Saad has been a pleasant surprise early on

17:15 – Dominik Kubalik’s impressive performance

18:31 – Will Kirby Dach be with the Blackhawks all season?

22:42 – Does Crawford or Lehner start vs. the Blue Jackets?

Listen to the entire episode here or in the embedded player below.

Blackhawks Talk Podcast


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