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.
Considering all of the controversy surrounding the 41-game suspension for Raffi Torres, some might have lost track of the guy who received that hit: Jakob Silfverberg.
The good news is that, at the moment, it seems like he’s OK.
The Anaheim Ducks announced that he skated on his own and will be involved in the team’s next practice:
That falls in line with some of the fall-out from the hit, as head coach Bruce Boudreau let out a relieved “thank goodness” at the young forward seemingly dodging a bullet.
Here’s video of the hit and the suspension decision:
Silfverberg, 24, enjoyed a nice breakout in 2014-15, especially during the playoffs.
Keep in mind that injuries can sometimes crop up later than expected, especially potential head injuries/concussions. Still, it seems like the initial reaction is that the damage was minimal.
From the Southampton Press:
Sean Avery, the former National Hockey League player, was arrested by Southampton Village Police last week on two criminal charges.
According to authorities, Mr. Avery was arrested September 30 following a routine traffic stop on Jennings Avenue in the village at about 4:09 p.m. He was charged with fourth-degree criminal mischief and two counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, all misdemeanors.
Police said the criminal mischief charge involved an incident the day before, when Mr. Avery allegedly threw objects at passing vehicles.
As for those counts of possession, according to the newspaper, Avery was found to have “two prescription drugs, acetaminophen with oxycodone and roxicodone.”
He was released on $500 bail and ordered to appear in court at a later date.
Did we mention he’s supposed to get married this weekend?