Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 06/06/13 at 10:31 AM ET
from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,
Kane isn't alone in struggling to light the lamp for the Blackhawks. Captain Jonathan Toews is as complete a player as anybody in the NHL, but he has just one playoff goal this year.
Both are continuing a trend. Since he netted the Stanley Cup-clincher in 2010, Kane has three goals in his last 28 playoff games. Toews has four goals in that time.
“I think both sides of the equation, both sides' top guys haven't been productive in the rounds we've been in,” Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville said.
“I just think you're playing against top defences. They get a lot of attention both sides of the puck. Scoring has been tough throughout the playoffs for everybody. I think Johnny is such a competitor, he complements our team game the way you hope. But at the same time, offensively, it would be nice to see a little bit more finish.”
Kane's game isn't as strong defensively, so the onus is higher on him to produce, and right now Quenneville is reminding him to find his top gear.
“When he has more speed in his game, he seems to have the puck a lot more,” Quenneville said. “When he's playing his best hockey, he has the puck, he's dangerous with it. I just think when he has the puck, not too many players in the league can do what he can do.”
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