If the Chicago Blackhawks want to make another run for the Stanley Cup, their superstars will have to step up. Thankfully, one of those players is starting to his his stride again. Patrick Kane has scored two goals in as many games, first against his hometown Buffalo Sabres, and second against the infuriating Colorado Avalanche, both of which were vintage Kane. After struggling for much of the past two months, it’s refreshing to see Kane finding his scoring touch again.
It was only a short time ago that Kane was getting undeserved blame for the United States‘ Olympic collapse. Forget that the collapse was a team effort, but his scoreless tournament didn’t help especially when the Americans’ offense sputtered at the worst possible time. With the Hawks, there’s less risk of that happening.
But even so, Kane has to stay on top of his game. Luckily for the Hawks and Joel Quenneville, whenever Kane is on a roll, he tends to stay on one. Just ask the Los Angeles Kings, Boston Bruins and every team Kane scored against in the final months of 2013. With Kane on a two-game goal streak, he’s proving his doubters wrong. As he should be! The problem may have been who he was paired up with. Michal Handzus can win face-offs, but he’s not fast enough to keep up with Kane. Teaming up with the likes of Peter Regin or a faster center can be the solution Kane needs.
For any Hawks fan, seeing Patrick Kane scoring again is important. With his puck-handling and scoring touch, he’s a big reason why this team is so good. While his struggles have correlated with the team’s struggles, it may not have been the cause. Still, if there’s anyone who can get the Blackhawks’ offense going, it’s Kane. Now that he’s scoring again, the rest of the league had better watch out.