'SuperKane' steals the show at ASG Skills Competition


'SuperKane' steals the show at ASG Skills Competition

OTTAWA, Ontario The NHL All-Star skills competition is all about the show. Its pomp and circumstance, talent with the right touch of bravado.

And Patrick Kane played it beautifully to win the contest he loves the most.

Kane donned the Superman cape and Clark Kent glasses for his fall-down-and-still-score shot, which won him the Breakaway challenge at the skills competition on Saturday night. Kanes getup and goal with an assist to Marian Hossa, who helped him with the cape -- earned him 47 percent of the fan vote.

I just like doing stuff that gets the fans going. They like it, said Kane, who added he was inspired by Dwight Howards Superman during the 2008 NBA Slam Dunk contest. I didnt care about scoring. It was just about the whole presentation.

The idea was one thing. Getting the props was another Blackhawks public relations Brandon Faber and Kanes parents went to get the cape and glasses earlier today. Kane, however, didnt want to take it too far.

We had other ideas for sparklers on my skates, Kane said. But I wasnt going to try and burn myself on the ice out there.

Hossa said Kane talked to him about his Superman idea on the bus heading to Scotiabank Place earlier today.

When he told me about it, I thought, That sounds pretty cool, Hossa said. Its not easy to do but I think he did it extremely well.

The breakaway challenge was one of the most entertaining events of the evening: Kane shot an exploding puck on his third attempt, Corey Perry scored a goal with a mini hockey stick and goaltender Carey Price turned his back on Philadelphias Sean Coutrier and still stopped him.

Kanes theatrics stole the show on Saturday. He didnt have much time to plan, finding out on Friday afternoon that he was in the breakaway event. With a little more notice, Kane said, NHL players could really dazzle in some of these contests.

It would be nice for all the players to find out a couple of weeks before so could put something really good together, he said. You get a days notice its kind of tough to think about some things. Its better to have time to put something together like that.

Hey, even Super men can benefit from a little advance notice.

Watch the video of Kane's Breakaway Challenge here:

Fast Break Morning Update: Blackhawks win in Minnesota

Fast Break Morning Update: Blackhawks win in Minnesota

Here are some of Tuesday's top stories in Chicago sports:

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White Sox Talk Podcast: 1-on-1 with executive vice president Ken Williams

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Quick Hits: Blackhawks respond the right way in win over Wild

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Quick Hits: Blackhawks respond the right way in win over Wild

Quick Hits: Blackhawks respond the right way in win over Wild

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Blackhawks and Minnesota Wild have faced each other a lot the past few seasons, especially when you factor in the postseason series. But if we got a whole series like Tuesday night's game, I don't think anyone would argue against it.

Great energy, great action, great performances, including a big one from the Blackhawks' captain. But we'll get to that soon enough. Here are the notables from the Blackhawks' 5-3 victory over the Wild.

What Worked: The Blackhawks' second-period response. The last time the Blackhawks were here they took a lead but watched the Wild come back with a fury. You wondered if the same would happen on Tuesday night after Mikael Granlund's power-play goal tied the game 1-1 early in the second. But the Blackhawks turned up the intensity, retaking the lead just 41 seconds later (Richard Panik) and putting the Wild on the defensive the rest of the period. The Blackhawks outshot the Wild 13-5 in the second.

What Didn't Work: The penalty kill. The Blackhawks only took two penalties on Tuesday night but they were both costly. The Wild – namely Mikael Granlund – made them pay with two power-play goals, including one with less than seven minutes remaining in regulation. The Wild have shown this season that they won't go away quietly in any game. They just about came back in this one, thanks to their power play.

Star of the game: Jonathan Toews. Yeah, you're all shocked at this one, aren't you? The goaltenders stole the show in the first period by the end of this one, it was all Toews all the time with a five-point night that included his fourth career regular-season hat trick. Coach Joel Quenneville said during Toews' struggles that he figured the captain would turn it around at some point. And here we are. "Jonny's done so many things for us," Quenneville said. "An amazing player, as competitive as you'll ever find. What a great leader, great captain."

He Said It: "We want to get that top spot and chasing that [Minnesota Wild] team, it's a huge win on the road. Hopefully we can keep playing that same style. It's a lot of fun to play. We have all four lines going and we're doing a lot of good things. Hopefully we can keep this going." Nick Schmaltz on the Blackhawks' current game.

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By the Numbers: 

400 – Career victories for coach Joel Quenneville behind the Blackhawks bench. 

7 – Consecutive road victories for the Blackhawks which, according to them and Elias Sports, ties a franchise record originally set Dec. 9-29, 1964.

13 – Points for Richard Panik (six goals, seven assists) since Jan. 22.

100th – Career game for Dennis Rasmussen.

2 – Career five-point games for Jonathan Toews. His previous one came Nov. 25, 2011 against the Anaheim Ducks.