The Chicago Blackhawks are a much better hockey team than they were to start the season. They need to win at a crazy clip to make the playoffs which is unlikely at this point. At a minimum, however, they are fun to watch. A big part of that is knowing that Patrick Kane is on the team.
Kane and the Hawks had the Washington Capitals in town. It started with a ceremony to honor Marc-Andre Fleury. He reached his 500th career win last week and became the third goalie (Martin Brodeur, Patrick Roy) ever to reach that milestone. He got the start in the net which is always a plus when they are playing a great team.
Of course, Alexander Ovechkin’s team is very good and looking to try and win the Stanley Cup again. As elite as Fleury has been in his career, Ovechkin has scored more goals against him than any other goalie.
This game was no different as he gave the Capitals a 1-0 lead on a power-play goal. That PPG scored was the 247th in the career of Ovechkin which tied him with Dave Andreychuk for the most of all time. His next one will set that very impressive record with many years to go in his career.
Patrick Kane has been amazing for the Chicago Blackhawks throughout his career.
Luckily, Ovechkin wasn’t the only one making history on the night that they honored Fleury. Later on, Alex DeBrincat tied the game with a power-play goal himself. The goal was assisted by Patrick Kane which was the 700th of his NHL career. It is a very impressive number that goes very well with the 411 goals that he has scored.
Over the next 34 seconds, the Hawks scored two more goals to give themselves a quick 3-1 lead. The Caps would eventually tie it at 3 before the two teams found themselves in overtime tied at four. There was no shortage of entertainment in this one.
The Hawks defeated the Caps in overtime as Caleb Jones scored his first goal ever with the Blackhawks. Kane assisted on that one as well as he now has 701. It was a great night all around for the greatest player in Blackhawks history.
We all want to see Kane start scoring lots of goals again but his playmaking is doing just fine. He is back in front for the Chicago scoring lead which is right where he belongs. Chicago needs to win pretty much every game for a while to get back in the race and Kane is a huge part of it. It was fun to see him play like this in the 5-4 victory against a very good team.
Kane and the Hawks are back in action on Friday night when they will host the Nashville Predators at the United Center. It is another tough challenge so seeing what Kane brings out for that one should be special.