Monday, March 03, 2008

Kane more than able

The Vancouver Canucks learned first hand on Sunday what all the excitement is about Patrick Kane.

The Chicago Black Hawk’s rookie, the first pick overall in the 2007 draft was part of all but one of the four Black Hawk scoring plays, as Chicago trounced the Canucks 4-1.

Chicago with six regular players out due to injury, managed to outplay the Canucks, who were less than competitive on the afternoon. Vancouver had a pathetic 10 shots on goal during the full sixty minutes of play, making for a fairly easy afternoon for Patrick Lalime.

Chicago at 28 shots on net, had almost a three to one advantage on shots directed at Roberto Luongo, who was replaced by Curtis Sanford midway through the third period.

Kane with his three point performance grabbed the lead in the rookie scoring race back from Washington’s Nciklas Backstrom, with his busy afternoon Kane now has 55 points to lead the pack of young guns in the NHL this season.

The Hawks who have won seven of their last ten games are still chasing hard for the eighth and final playoff spot in the West, which at the moment is held jointly by Vancouver, Colorado and Nashville.

A few more performances like Sunday afternoon’s and the Canucks won’t be making many plans for work after the first week of April…

Globe and Mail-- Kane makes Canucks pay Hawks pound slumping Canucks
CBC Sports-- Young Blackhawks bury punchless Canucks
Vancouver Province--Canucks snooze, lose against Blackhawks
Vancouver Sun--Canucks lose 4-1 to Blackhawks
Chicago Sun Times-- A patched up thing of beauty
Chicago Tribune-- Hawks win with back-to-back jacks

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