The Chicago Blackhawks 1st overall choice from 2007 has earned a legendary reputation for ending playoff games, with style. His performance possesses as much flair and flash as anyone in hockey, including the big names, Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby. Kane doesn’t put up the regular season numbers his preceding 1st overalls do, but he has them beat at winning big games, over and over again. And with P Kane, it’s usually him, doing the closing. Patrick Kane is a game over guru.
In the Blackhawks’ first Cup run back in 2009, P Kane came up huge against the Vancouver Canucks to close out a 2nd round series, helping the Hawks advance to the Conference Finals for the first time in the new millennium. P Kane’s Game 6 hat trick was the beginning of something special for #88.
One year after Kane’s explosive dismantling of the Vancouver Canucks, the American born sniper finished off the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 6 overtime, to clinch the Stanley Cup for the Hawks. Kane’s goal ended a 49 year Cup drought for the Hawks franchise.
The Hawks struggled to advance beyond the 1st round in the years following the 2010 Stanley Cup win, but that all came to an end in 2013, and Patrick Kane was leading the charge again, closing teams out personally, with conviction and killer instinct.
In the 2013 Stanley Cup Conference Finals, the Blackhawks led their series against the Los Angeles Kings by 3 games to 1. In Game 5, the Kane’s crew looked to end it and rest up for the Finals against already waiting opponent the Boston Bruins. P Kane took over for another series deciding hat trick.
In the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals against the Boston Bruins, the Hawks 3-2 series lead assured them a chance to win the Cup in Game 6 at TD Garden in Boston. They trailed 2-1 on the scoreboard with under 2 minutes remaining in the 3rd period, but the Bruins were really running out of steam. Patrick Kane broke through the neutral zone on an end to end rush that will go down in Stanley Cup history. Kane’s rush gained the zone for the Hawks, then he retrieved the puck, sent a pass to teammate Duncan Keith and the rest is history.
Patrick Kane is a finisher of plays, series, and seasons. He may never score 50 goals in a single campaign or 100 points, for that matter. But, when the game is on the line, no NHLer is more clutch. Kane’s playoff heroics define the term game breaker to perfection. He breaks game’s open, and subsequently wins Stanley Cups.