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OTD in Patrick Kane History… 1, 2, 3

Up until January 15, 2016, Blackhawks superstar Patrick Kane saved all of his three-goal performances for the playoffs.

Patrick Kane Blackhawks Hat Trick
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Patrick Kane is a living, breathing encyclopedia of hockey accomplishments. He has the three Stanley Cups, a Calder Trophy, Hart Trophy, Conn Smythe Trophy, and pretty much every other trophy the NHL hands out. You name it, 88 red has accomplished it. In a hockey career that has seen Patrick Kane tally 412 goals, it comes as a surprise that the future Hall of Famer didn’t net his first hat trick until his ninth season.

The First of the… Regular Season

Now, Patrick Kane had previously netted not one, but two hat-tricks in the playoffs. The first came during the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs vs. the Vancouver Canucks, in what was one of the craziest and most iconic playoff games in Blackhawks history. His hat trick that night helped send the Chicago Blackhawks to the Western Conference Final.

Kane’s second playoff hat trick sent the Blackhawks back to the Stanley Cup Final in 2013. Big-time players show up on the biggest stage, and nobody exemplifies that quite like Kaner. In overtime of Game 5 vs. the Los Angeles Kings, Kane was already sitting on two goals when he found himself on a 2-1 with Jonathan Toews. Kane got a cross-ice pass from Toews and buried it.

However, up until Jan. 15, 2016, Kane saved all of his three-goal games for the playoffs. Even a goal scorer of his ability went eight-plus seasons without a regular-season hat trick. But with rookie sensation Artemi Panarin playing opposite Kane, the goals started coming in bunches quickly. On a Friday night in Toronto, Kane broke through against the Maple Leafs.

The Breakdown

Man, that 2015-16 Blackhawks team might have ended with a first-round exit, but boy were they fun to watch. The Panarin-Anisimov-Kane line was feared all around the league. Kane and Panarin looked like they were meant to play with each other right from the jump. They were hockey soulmates. Both scored goals in bunches by one always knowing where the other one was on the ice and getting them pucks in prime scoring areas.

As evidenced on Kane’s first goal that night, Kane and Panarin could pass the puck from side to side with ease. Goalies could never keep up, and that led to 72 and 88 lighting the lamp 76 times in 2015-16. As Kane moved the puck across the ice to Panarin, the Leafs’ defense lost their position and allowed Kane to grab a loose puck in the crease and bury it with ease.

That was on display the entire time Kane and Panarin played together, one could never be outdone by the other. After Kane sent a beautiful pass across the ice to Panarin, Panarin had to do the same for Kane. Panarin fed one across the ice, Leafs’ netminder James Reimer couldn’t move over in time and Kane buried his second of the night.

Kane tallied his third of the night on an empty net to secure a 4-1 victory. You can hear the surprise in Pat Foley’s voice as he exclaims that this was Patrick Kane’s first career regular-season hat trick. It was something of a launching pad for Kane, as he has since added six more hat tricks since his first. This was yet another memory of a Patrick Kane moment. You could probably find one for every day of the year as well.

He’s Not Done Yet

Patrick Kane is only 33 years old, and without a doubt has plenty of high-level hockey in him. He already recorded a hat trick against Ottawa this season and broke his goal drought in Thursday’s win over Montreal. Patrick Kane is not done scoring goals, and likely isn’t done racking up hat tricks either.

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Patrick is an avid Chicago sports fan. He is a Blackhawks season ticket holder. Blogging all things Bears, Blackhawks and White Sox, Chicago is well covered. Oh, and catch him talking and drinking on Four Feathers Podcast and Bears On Tap.

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