By: Alex Patt
Hard to believe it, but Patrick Kane is 30 years old. It felt like just yesterday he was a 19-year old Calder Trophy winning rookie. Over a decade and three Stanley Cups later, Kane is still in prime form and has plenty left ahead of him.
On his 30th birthday he sits at 324 goals, 529 assists and 853 points in 842 regular season games. Not to mention 50 career playoff goals in 127 games. It is hard to pick a small handful of favorite moments of his because there are so many of them, but here is a Top-5 list of Patrick Kane goals in his career.
5.) Shootout Goal vs. Wild (12/14/11)
In a mid-season game in Minnesota, the Hawks were in a shootout against the Wild. Kane won the game on a shootout goal in which he slowed up, dangled the puck around, pumped faked a few times and wristed the puck in an open net. Wild goalie Josh Harding basically flopped around helplessly and it remains as one of the prettiest shootout goals hockey fans have ever seen.
4.) 2009 Second Round, Game 6. Hat Trick Goal
A game which officially told the hockey world the Blackhawks were set up for greatness. Their series clinching 7-5 win over the Vancouver Canucks was highlighted by Patrick Kane’s first career hat trick. Late in the game when the score was 6-5, Kane got the puck and sped up into the Vancouver zone and backhanded it past Roberto Luongo to seal the hat trick. The United Center went nuts and that sealed the victory.
3.) 2010 First Round, Game 5. Tying Goal
“The game that saved their season,” was set up by Patrick Kane with 13 seconds left, down by one and shorthanded. Predators Martin Erat blindly passed the puck behind him in the Blackhawks zone allowing them to get it and drive into the Nashville zone. Kane eventually scored the tying goal to force OT. Marian Hossa won it in overtime and the Blackhawks won the series in six.
2.) 2013 Western Conference Finals, Game 5. Overtime Goal
One of the greatest OT goals of the dynasty era, this OT goal was also a hat trick goal. After blowing the lead with a few seconds left in regulation, the Blackhawks found themselves battling the Kings in OT in game 5 up 3-1 in the series. In double OT, Jonathan Toews and Kane created a 2-1 chance…perfect pass over to Kane was immediately shot past Jonathan Quick to seal the game and a trip to the Stanley Cup finals.
1.) 2010 Stanley Cup Finals, Game 6. Overtime Goal
49 years of frustration ended on this anti-climactic moment. Up 3-2 in the series in Philly, the Blackhawks saw a late lead evaporate, forcing overtime. If they scored they win the Stanley Cup and if the Flyers scored, game 7.
A few minutes into overtime, Kane had the puck along the boards and skated to the red line. He wristed an awkward angle shot towards the net from the side and it slid under Michael Leighton’s pads and stuck underneath the interior net pads. Everyone was confused as to where the puck was while Kane threw his stick and gloves in the air in celebration as he skated across the rink. They had won the Stanley Cup and after a minute or two of confusion the goal was confirmed.