Patrick Kane just looked to the heavens with a big grin on his face. It was more of a got-to-be-kidding-me grin than a happy one, as Kane was stymied on a tremendous scoring chance by a more tremendous stop by Antti Niemi.

I dont know if I wanted to smile or cry, said Kane, who has just one goal in his last 13 games. That was a nice one.

Kane is working through his scoring drought frustrations but certainly didnt go down without a fight in the Blackhawks 4-3 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Sunday night.

The Blackhawks right wing was part of a successful top-line trio on Sunday night, and he came away with an assist in the teams 4-3 victory over San Jose.

Kane was playing a more patient game on Sunday. And while it didnt pay off in goal production he was happy with what he and fellow top liners Jonathan Toews and Viktor Stalberg did.

Its fun playing with those two, fun playing with patience. Thats when Im at my best, Kane said. I just try to make plays and goals and points will come, hopefully. I can look at tonight and say I couldve had four or five points in the first period. Its a little frustrating but at the same time were playing good as a line so Ill take it for what it is.

Kane will get his scoring touch back. If anyone but Niemis in goal, he probably gets one or two Sunday night. But hes happy with the patient side of his game, and hell keep plugging away.


I just want to hold onto the puck a little more instead of trying to get rid of it and trying to go to the net. Just different things, he said.