Chicago Blackhawks: Patrick Kane shines with the stars

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Chicago Blackhawks’ Patrick Kane is used to being recognized by the league for various reasons, including his roster leading eighth All-Star Star game.

The Chicago Blackhawks have had one bright spot in their down season, and that is the play of their superstar right wing, Patrick Kane. Kane was rewarded, with his roster leading eighth appearance in the NHL All-Star Game. Kane leads the Blackhawks in goals, assists and thus points so far this season.

Kane has been a star in these events before, from Superman capes to highlight reel goals in the game. He is no stranger to this event. Nobody participating in this weekend’s events has been a part of it more than Kane.

First, on Friday, Kane participated in the NHL All-Star Game Skills competition. To nobody’s surprise, Kane participated in the puck handling portion of the competition. Kane led all players in time for pretty much the entire event, until Calgary Flames superstar Johnny Gaudreau edged him out by 1.6 seconds as the final player to go. It was an exhilarating time watching these two go in this challenge, knowing they were the two favorites going into the event. Everyone knows of both of their skills with the puck, and it was on full display in this event.

Then on Saturday night, the main event. The actual three on three All-Star game tournament. The first game featured Kane and the Central division vs the Pacific division. Patrick Kane had two goals and an assist in that one and led the Central to a win. The Metropolitan division defeated the Atlantic division in the second game to earn a right to play, and ultimately defeat the Central in the final game. Kane and the Central came up short in that one, falling to the Metropolitan division by a final score of 10-5.

Kane put on a show for Blackhawks and NHL fans alike with his dazzling puck handling skills and amazing shooting ability. It was definitely a successful weekend in San Jose for Kane, despite the result of the final game.

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So what is next for Kane and the ‘Hawks? The mandatory bye week, followed by a trip to Buffalo to play the Sabres. They are currently seven points out of playoff position with more games played than most of the teams around them, so making the playoffs is unlikely but they will look to play well down the stretch and maybe see how far Kane can take this amazing season points wise. His next point will be the 900th of his NHL career!