Heaven help us if the Chicago Blackhawks win Game 6 of the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals. While the parade in Chicago is sure to be rocking, no one — and I mean no one — will be having more fun than Patrick Kane. No. 88 was only 21 years old when the Hawks last hoisted the Stanley Cup and this time around the Chicago icon will have even more to celebrate.
The Conn Smythe Award is handed out after every postseason to the player seen as most valuable to his team throughout the Stanley Cup Finals. In 2010, fellow teammate Jonathan Toews earned the honors and Kane sat idly by and vowed to have a trophy of his own.
Unfortunately, the adjective “inconsistent” is one that is used all too often when describing Kane and NHL writers usually don’t take very well to spotty play throughout the postseason. However, anyone who has watched the Blackhawks play during this playoff run knows that “Kaner” is the one who has righted the ship time and time again. In particular, No. 88’s hat trick in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals sent the Los Angeles Kings home and propelled the Hawks to the Finals.
The biggest obstacle going into the Finals was that Tuukka Rask of the Boston Bruins seemed nearly unbeatable, but Kane has been a pain in Rask’s rear nailing home three goals and an assist in the last two Chicago victories. Kane is easily the best passer in the NHL, so his ability to hit the back of the net is only a part of his well-rounded game.
One more win for the Blackhawks and Kane will be starting his summer off with another trophy out of which he will surely attempt to drink beer.