Here’s an interesting fact: The Chicago Blackhawks are undefeated (7-0) when Patrick Kane records two points or more in a game this year.
Dial it back a little further and the Hawks are 78-8-13 when he has accomplished this feat since he entered the NHL just six short years ago. To put that in perspective, of the 99 games in which he has accomplished the feat, his team has lost just eight times in regulation.
What you have to love about Kane’s game right now is that he wants the puck. He’s got his mojo going and he wants to be a difference maker. And judging by his stats and his team's record, he has been.
In Thursday night's victory in Phoenix he led all forwards in time on ice, on either team, by over three minutes. In fact, he has led his team in time on ice for forwards in five of the 11 games he has played thus far -- a great indicator of where you stand with the coaching staff and no small feat when you don’t see the ice when killing penalties.
Yes, the Blackhawks got a huge shot in the arm when Jamal Mayers challenged Raffi Torres and the two dropped their gloves right in front of the Hawks bench a little more than two minutes into the game. But that wasn’t the only beating Chicago laid on Phoenix. Their counter punch of four goals on 17 shots in the opening period was the kind that opponents don’t recover from. On the score sheet Patrick Kane had two goals and an assist in the first period alone.
The fight card scored it a TKO.