Patrick Kane has scored so many clutch goals in his National Hockey League career that the list has reached a point where it's too long to count.
He's also become a YouTube sensation, known for his nifty puck-handling skills and ridiculous shootout moves.
He added another one to both categories in Sunday's 3-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens, and did so on the same play.
On a night the Blackhawks honored Denis Savard in their launching of "One More Shift" — an ode that recognizes past alumni and allows them to skate on the ice one more time — the reigning Hart Trophy winner did his best impression of the Hall of Famer by scoring an early goal-of-the-year candidate.
Late in the second period of a tie game, Kane undressed a Canadiens defender in front of the net with a smooth toe drag, drew a penalty, and, while trying to fend off a different defender, fired an off-balance shot that whizzed past Chicago native Al Montoya's glove and ignited a sold-out United Center crowd of 21,762.
"That had the wow factor all over it," coach Joel Quenneville said. "Off that original play and then all of a sudden he makes a play with a guy draped all over him, makes a great shot falling to the ice. It was a spectacular play by a great player. Fun to watch."
It was vintage Patrick Kane, who showed incredible improvisational instincts.
“I just tried to make a play, got tripped up, at that point you’re just throwing (it at) the net hoping something happens,” Kane said. “I got lucky there. Nice to see it go in.”
It left Montoya in awe, too.
"There’s not many guys that can make that play," he said. "He’s one of two and (Pavel) Datsyuk is already gone. Heck of a goal.”
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The goal turned out to be the game-winner, the 46th of Kane's career in that category, passing Bobby Hull and tying Savard for fourth-most in franchise history.
Even Savard, who coached Kane during his rookie season in 2007-08, has become numb to the special things Kane does and can do on the ice.
"That's what he is, that's what he does," Savard said during the second intermission. "He's the type of player that's going to score big goals on big stages. Not cause it's my stage tonight (laughs) because it's his stage all the time, but the fact we're playing the Montreal Canadiens, it's a big game for him in his mind obviously and he's going to try to be the best player that he can be out there.
"Pretty special goal. We've seen that many times. It's not the first one and they're tough to get, tough to do, and especially how he did it, it was pretty special."
It never gets old to his teammates either, including the 37-year-old Marian Hossa who's been around long enough to see some great ones.
"It was so beautiful," Hossa said. "Obviously he showed his quick hands, went through the two guys, saw the goalie coming, quick flip to the top shelf. Not many guys can do it."
Kane continued his dominance at home this season, where he has five goals and nine assists in 11 games compared to four points in five road games.
He's giving Chicago fans their money's worth, especially when he scores goals like the one he did Sunday.
Asked where it ranks among his top goals scored, Kane had to think hard about it.
And still, he wasn't quite sure.
"You know what, I think ... I don't know," he said, before admitting: "That was a different one, that's for sure. I don't know if I've scored going to the ground like that. Pretty cool for sure."