Hawks' Kane resists rubbing it in

RANDY SPORTAK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:37 AM ET

VANCOUVER - Patrick Kane saw Roberto Luongo in the playoffs, just like the Vancouver Canucks goalie admitted he wanted when they shook hands at the Olympics.

Kane resisted to relishing the last laugh this time.

The last time Kane and Luongo exchanged a post-game handshake, it was at GM Place at the conclusion of the Olympic final.

Luongo, whose Canucks team was beat by Kane and the Blackhawks in last year's Stanley Cup tournament, said "see you in the playoffs" before accepting his gold medal for Canada and Kane was handed silver.

After Chicago knocked out the Canucks in the Western Conference semifinal with Tuesday night's 5-1 win, Kane stopped to chat with Luongo, but said he had no thoughts of rubbing in the victory.

"I just told him he was a great goaltender," Kane said. "I thought he was really good in the first period. It's just sometimes when you get a lot of chances you'll bury them.

"After that (period), though, we took over."

Luongo was the victim of all five goals, and even received a Bronx cheer from the Vancouver fans with his first save after the fifth tally.

But Luongo was outstanding in the scoreless first period.

Chicago's first five shots on goal were all great scoring chances, and he earned the "Looooooouuuu" chants from the crowd.

It just fell apart over the final 40 minutes on a night he made 30 saves.

"You look at all of our goals, I think they had breakdowns defensively," Kane pointed out. "You can't blame the goaltender. I think the biggest thing with him is to get traffic and try to beat him side-to-side."

Three of the goals were breakaways and the other two were a case of players taking advantage of odd-man rushes, which fully supports Kane's point.

Kane wasn't about to look at the past history between himself and Luongo, or the rest of the Canucks.

Instead, he's able to look forward to a Western Conference final set against the San Jose Sharks.

"It's exciting to move to the next round," he said. "It's a huge goal of yours, ever since you're a kid, to try and win the Stanley Cup and this puts us one step closer."

randy.sportak@sunmedia.ca


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