Los Angeles Kings v Chicago Blackhawks - Game Five

‘Nice’ to contribute to Blackhawks victory, says Kane

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He had previously gone seven games without a goal.

And then Patrick Kane finally found the back of the net, first starting out with one goal in Game 4 against the L.A. Kings.

He then recorded the hat trick in Game 5 of the Western Conference final, as he and the Chicago Blackhawks finally put away the Kings, defending Stanley Cup champions, with a double overtime victory.

‘‘It’s nice to win first and foremost,’’ Kane said, as per the Chicago Sun-Times.

‘‘But to contribute the last couple of games — I think any player would be lying to you if they said it isn’t nice.”

Kane now has four goals in the last two games.

The Blackhawks had been getting goals from the likes of Patrick Sharp and Bryan Bickell, with both still sitting in a tie for second among NHL players with eight goals in these playoffs.

Kane coming alive, offensively, is a very timely development for the Blackhawks, as they enter into the Stanley Cup Final against the big, bad and skilled Boston Bruins.


Glencross released from another PTO, this time by Avs

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Curtis Glencross’ hard-luck preseason continued on Monday, as the Avalanche announced they released him from his training camp tryout.

Glencross had previously been cut from Toronto’s camp, which he described as “kind of a shock” move. Following that release, the 32-year-old quickly shifted to Colorado but arrived fairly late in the overall process, and only got a bit of exposure before being let go.

While some thought yesterday’s trade of Freddie Hamilton to Calgary may have opened up a spot for Glencross, the Avs now appear to be going in a different direction.

A two-time 20-goal scorer that netted 13 in 71 games last year, it’s unclear what lies ahead for Glencross.

Slepyshev earns final Oilers roster spot; Draisaitl to AHL

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The Edmonton Oilers have assigned center Leon Draisaitl to AHL Bakersfield.

The demotion of Draisaitl, 19, means 21-year-old rookie Anton Slepyshev has made the opening-day roster after scoring twice and adding two assists in exhibition action.

The Oilers experimented during the preseason with Draisaitl, a natural center, on the wing. He didn’t have a particularly poor camp, finishing with one goal and three assists in six games.

But Slepyshev apparently impressed more.

“He’s a young player but he’s played pro hockey before,” coach Todd McLellan told the Edmonton Journal. “You can see it.”

Slepyshev played 58 games in the KHL last season, scoring 15 goals for Salavat Yulaev Ufa.