Well-conditioned Patrick Kane is able against Red Wings
BY MARK LAZERUS email@example.com March 3, 2013 3:46PM
Chicago Blackhawks right wing Viktor Stalberg (25), of Sweden, celebrates a goal by Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) against Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard, center, and defenseman Brian Lashoff (23) that tied the NHL hockey game in the third period on Sunday, March 3, 2013, in Detroit. Kane was the only player to score a goal during a shootout to defeat the Red Wings 2-1. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)
Updated: March 3, 2013 10:41PM
DETROIT — Joel Quenneville kept asking Patrick Kane if he had another shift in him during Sunday’s game against the Red Wings. And Kane kept saying, “Yes.”
“Kaner’s one guy that’s never said, ‘No,’” the Blackhawks coach said. “Some guys would be dead tired — you can tell, you don’t even bother asking them. But Kaner, you look at him, he’s ready to go.”
Kane played a whopping 23 minutes, 29 seconds in the Hawks’ 2-1 victory, a huge number for a forward, even in an overtime game. Quenneville called “an audible” after pregame warmups, scratching both Jamal Mayers and Brandon Bollig and dressing seven defensemen for the first time all season. Quenneville said nobody was hurt, but declined to say why he made the “adjustment.”
The result was a lot of extra work for Kane, who split time on the second and fourth lines for much of the first half of the game. Defenseman Sheldon Brookbank played a handful of short shifts as a right wing to give Kane a breather.
“He’ll just ask if I’m all right,” Kane said of Quenneville. “I usually tell him yes. I’m sure everybody tells him that. Everyone wants to be on the ice.”
Kane couldn’t have been too tired. He scored the game-tying goal on a power play with 2:02 left in regulation, then scored the lone goal of the shootout — using his patented slowdown, hyper-deke move before firing a wrist shot past Jimmy Howard.
Marian Hossa was booed by most of the fans whenever he touched the puck, and when it was announced that it was his 1,000th career game. Hossa spent one season in Detroit, but wasn’t re-signed before the 2009-10 season.
“It doesn’t bug me at all,” Hossa said. “It’s not loud or anything. It doesn’t bother me at all.”
Hossa was particularly happy about the win.
“Definitely, it is nice we didn’t end the streak on my 1,000th game,” he said with a smile.
The incredibly entertaining game was a reminder of what could be lost in the pending realignment. The current proposal has the Wings heading to the Eastern Conference, meaning the teams would meet just twice a year.
“I hope not,” Howard said. “It’s always fun games to play against each other and it’s always really tight out there, really competitive. It doesn’t matter if we’re playing here or at the United Center. The crowd is always very lively and they’re always enjoyable games to play in.”
Said Kane: “It’s a good rivalry and I know the fans love it on both sides.”