Patrick Kane makes Chicago Blackhawks history in bad loss

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The Florida Panthers are one of the best teams in the National Hockey League. They are a legit threat to win the President’s Trophy right now and should be considered a contender for the Stanley Cup. The Chicago Blackhawks were unsurprisingly beat down by them on Sunday.

They rolled into town coming off a huge “top team” showdown against the Minnesota Wild where they won 6-2. A team like the Blackhawks could present a “trap game” in this type of situation as a bad team facing a good team coming off a big win.

It felt like that was going to happen during the first period. The Blackhawks outshot them 11-3 in the first period and led them 19-3 in shot attempts. Unfortunately, a team like the Panthers could come out of a period like that tied at one which is what happened.

Florida capitalized on a power play with a goal from Aaron Ekblad and that set the Panthers off in the game. That led to them coming out of Chicago with a 5-2 win. It wasn’t a pretty second or third period for Chicago after looking so good in the first.

Ekblad is joined by other studs like Jonathan Huberdeau, Aleksander Barkov, Sam Reinhart, and Anton Lundell amongst others. It is a core that could do some special things. There are a lot of similarities between this squad and the young Blackhawks team coming into 2009-10.

The Blackhawks had a tough series loss back in 2009 to the Detroit Red Wings who later went on to the Stanley Cup Final. Similarly, the Panthers had a very tough series loss to the eventual champion Tampa Bay Lightning last year. Don’t be surprised if we see them late into the summer.

Patrick Kane made a bit of Blackhawks history in the loss to the Panthers.

In this loss, Patrick Kane made a bit of history. He collected an assist on the goal scored by Caleb Jones which was the 720th of his career. That passed his first NHL coach Denis Savard for second on the all-time Blackhawks assist list.

It is a great piece of company to be a part of for Kane. He only trails Stan Mikita who has 926 career apples. If Patrick Kane could come up with about 226 more assists over the next 4-5 years, it would truly be impressive. It might not be as unlikely as you think.

By asserting himself into the Chicago Blackhawks’ top three of most offensive categories, winning multiple individual NHL awards, along with the Championship success, Kane is already one of the greatest in the history of the franchise.

There is already an argument for him to be considered the number one greatest player in franchise history. He has truly been impressive to watch over the years and he has made it fun for Chicago Blackhawks fans. It will be fun to see how many more of these achievements he can have.

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