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"Showtime" In A Slump

Updated on June 11, 2015
Chicago Blackhawks' Patrick Kane
Chicago Blackhawks' Patrick Kane | Source

Patrick Kane is considered by a lot of hockey fans to be one of the best American born hockey players in the NHL. The 26 year old has had an excellent career since being drafted first overall in the 2007 draft by the Chicago Blackhawks. He was named to the 2008 NHL All Rookie Team and won the Calder Memorial Trophy in 2008, won silver at the 2010 Winter Olympics with the U.S., won the Stanley Cup in 2010 and 2013 with the 'Hawks, the Conn Smythe Trophy in 2013, and is a 4-time NHL All-Star.

Through 8 seasons and 576 NHL Regular Season games Kane has 205 goals and 557 points, and also boasts 47 goals and 111 points in 113 career playoff games. Kane's success earned him matching contracts with captain Johnathan Toews for an eight year $84-million extension as of 2014, but recently, in the 2015 Stanley Cup Final against the Tampa Bay Lightning, Chicago's superstar has been struggling.

While currently being tied for second in the league in playoff goals and game winning goals, Patrick Kane has been virtually nonexistent during the final round of this year's Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Lightning, a team known for it's relentless offense, has stepped up defensively to shut down the Blackhawks most deadly sniper and puck handler.


Patrick Kane in the 2015 Playoffs

GP
Goals
Assists
Points
+/-
Shots
21
10
11
21
5
59

Patrick Kane suffered a broken collarbone earlier in the season, but was able to make a full recovery and return to the line up for game one of the first round against the Nashville Predators. His health status was reaffirmed after shaking off numerous big hits against the larger and stronger Predators.

Through six game of the first round he registered 2 goals, 5 assists, and 19 shots. Against Devan Dubnyk and the Minnesota Wild, It seemed like Kane was back on track to lead his team to the conference final after scoring 5 goals, two of which were game winners, and 6 points, on 10 shots in 4 games. In seven games against the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, #88 managed a point per game pace with 3 goals and 21 shots. His numbers against the speedy and aggressive Tampa Bay Lightning however, have been far from anything special, managing only 1 assist and nine shots, while being kept shotless in game 3.


Patrick Kane in the 2015 Stanley Cup Final (vs Tampa Bay)

GP
Goals
Assists
Points
+/-
Shots
4
0
1
1
-1
9
*Shotless in game 3. *Assisted on Brandon Saad's GWG in game 4.

Fortunately for the Blackhawks, they have generated offense elsewhere with the key players in this series being captain Johnathan Toews and Brandon Saad. With the series currently tied at two games a piece, and Tampa's star players finding a groove of their own, Patrick Kane will need to figure out how to get to the back of the net more often if his team wants to win their third cup in six years.

Patrick Kane hoists the Stanley Cup in 2013.
Patrick Kane hoists the Stanley Cup in 2013. | Source

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