Kane embracing extra ice time

Kane embracing extra ice time

March 22, 2013, 3:30 pm
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After two games of double shifting and a four-hour flight back home through two time zones, Patrick Kane was probably exhausted. And Thursday was probably a long day of sleep.

“Yeah, I got a lot of rest,” Kane said at the Blackhawks’ Friday practice. “It’s something we’ll need over the next couple of days to rest and relax, get ready for a few games at home.”

Kane will need that rest, too. Because with Marian Hossa likely out Monday night against the Los Angeles Kings, Kane could be getting some doubles in again.

Coach Joel Quenneville said he’s hopeful that Marian Hossa (upper body) will take part in the next team practice but it’s “not likely” that he’ll play Monday. Kane could see double duty again vs. the Kings, although it may not be as long as it was the last two games. Kane played 22 ½ minutes against Colorado on Monday, when Hossa was hurt in the first period of that game, and another 25-plus minutes against Anaheim on Wednesday.

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“(Kane) is a great option to have. But maybe we’ll put somebody up there to start,” Quenneville said. “You can go through that in games, see how the game’s going.”

The Blackhawks had Daniel Carcillo on that top line to start Wednesday’s game with the Ducks, but Carcillo barely played. Quenneville said after the game Wednesday that, the way the game was going, they were going to go with Kane much like they had the prior game. Quenneville didn’t think fatigue was a problem for Kane.

“We made some mental mistakes in that game. I thought he had a good game,” Quenneville said. “We weren’t looking to point fingers in that situation. Whether it was a couple changes that led to the goals… we were looking at a perfect trip until things unraveled in the last five minutes. It was all of our undoing and something we can learn from. Maybe on the one goal his coverage was off a little bit. But we made some plays that put us in that position that shouldn’t have happened.”

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As far as Kane’s concerned, he wasn’t going to say no to more ice time.

“We all want to play a lot and get as much ice time as possible. But probably made a couple mistakes out there at the end, due to whatever it was,” said Kane, who was a minus-4 against the Ducks. “(Coaches) probably don’t want to see my minutes that high, but it’s just a couple games without a couple forwards. Hopefully we can get some guys back.”

They Blackhawks could, but it won’t be Monday. Hossa’s likely out. Patrick Sharp (shoulder) skated on his own before the Blackhawks’ practice but is still a week or two away from returning. If Kane does a lot of double shifting again on Monday, he’ll be coming off four days off, not a day removed from doing it in high elevations.

The competitor in him won’t let him reject the opportunity.

“You’ll never turn down the ice time,” Kane said. “It’s one of those things where I like the challenge. I like being out there a lot.”