Kane makes most of second opportunity

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:29 AM ET

Patrick Kane had what every offensive player wants: A showdown between him and the goalie.

But as the Chicago Blackhawks star winger came flying in on a first-period penalty shot, Calgary Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff nearly met him halfway.

Kiprusoff attempted a poke-check, and Kane shot the puck into his pads.

Although the penalty shot was denied, Kane had his revenge in a 3-1 Hawks victory at the Saddledome Thursday night.

In the second period, Jonathan Toews stole the puck from Flames blueliner Cory Sarich and backhanded a perfect feed to Kane.

All alone with Kiprusoff moving across the crease, Kane blasted his 21st goal of the season.

Kane, who is in just his third NHL season after being the first overall pick in the 2007 draft, is now 0-for-2 on penalty shots.

"You have to take advantage of those opportunities and I obviously didn't," Kane said. "It's nice to come back in the second and make up for it.

"He came out to poke check me and I tried to get a quick shot off. He made a pretty good save.

"I wasn't happy with my move. I should have gone around him. When he poked me, I thought the only thing that would be open would be the five-hole."

Despite the stop on Kane, and a handful of other robberies, Kiprusoff wasn't able to lead his team to victory.

That fault lies with the Flames offence. They just couldn't get any momentum going after some great saves.

"It's tough because we need some wins," said Kiprusoff.

"We have to come in tomorrow and try to turn this around. We can't keep going like this."

The other goal to get by Kiprusoff was a shot off Ben Eager's foot as he was crashing the net, and it was hardly the goalie's fault.

It seemed the only way the Hawks were going to score was either a perfect play or a fluke.

Kane's goal was the former, and the 21-year-old credits his linemate Toews.

"It was a quick play," Kane said. "Toews is really good like that. He battles along the boards and makes quick plays.It was good to see him get that puck over and I just tried to one-time it really quick.

"I'm lucky it went in and it's a good feeling for sure."

IAN.BUSBY@SUNMEDIA.CA


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