It’s crunch time for ‘Showtime.’
Four games into this Stanley Cup Final between the Chicago Blackhawks and Tampa Bay Lightning, Patrick Kane has yet to score in this series.
He has one assist, which came in a Game 4 win for the Blackhawks. This series has shifted back to Tampa Bay for Game 5 on Saturday. So far, every game has been decided by just one goal.
Should Kane snap his drought, it could push the advantage closer in the direction of the Blackhawks in a tight series, all even in what is now a best-of-three battle. Maybe, at this point, that means a more long-lasting reunion with Jonathan Toews?
“I think he goes through stretches where he doesn’t produce, but he does a lot of other things that are healthy for our team game,” Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville told reporters on Friday.
“All of a sudden, you know, he hits the scoreboard and then it’s tough to keep him off it.”
Kane enters Game 5 with nine shots on goal in this series. In two of four games, he’s had a Corsi For rating greater than 55 per cent, according to war-on-ice.com. He went through a shorter two-game drought to start the Western Conference Final before erupting for seven points, including five in the final two games.
“We just know you got to keep working, keep finding ways to create chances,” Toews told reporters. “Eventually believe those bounces are going to go your way.”