Patrick Kane has a knack for making things look easy.
Sunday night was a good example of that, scoring twice for Chicago in its 3-2 overtime loss to Minnesota.
It was the second of those two goals that he made a tough play look, well, relatively easy.
With Artem Anisimov and Charlie Coyle tied up off a faceoff, Kane came dashing in off the circle, taking the loose puck and sniping it past Minnesota netminder Devan Dubnyk for his 14th goal of the season. While the puck was loose, there was a good deal of traffic around it when Kane came in and said ‘thank you very much’ and did what he wanted to do. The release was so quick and so on point that Dubnyk – who made 35 saves in the win and now has a .940 save percentage and 1.78 GAA to accompany his 23-7-3 record – could barely react.
Sunday was the first multiple-goal effort of the season for Kane, who hasn’t connected at his normal pace this year after scoring 46 a season ago en route to his only Hart Trophy.
Granted, it’s not all bad for Kane, as he has 33 assists and 47 points in 46 games, which is right on the normal point-plus-per-game pace he’s been on going back to the 2012-13 lockout. The 28-year-old is the centerpiece of the Blackhawk’s premier line – in which Kane skates alongside Artemi Panarin and Anisimov – which has also been one the NHL’s best lines since it was assembled last season.