Kane was 0-of-9 in shootouts this season and hadn’t had a chance to redeem himself since Dec. 28. The Blackhawks were in their last shootout on Jan. 5, but it had already been decided prior to Kane’s turn.
Kane’s next opportunity finally arrived on Sunday. The Blackhawks and Boston Bruins were tied 1-1 in the shootout when Kane took the ice in the third round. He skated hard from center ice, hit the brakes as he approached the circles and then slowly drifted toward the net while handling the puck. When he saw an opening, Kane shot the puck past Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask into the left corner of the net.
Kane had been wildly celebrating his shootout goals in practice as a joke, but he kept his joy to a minimum on Sunday. He kicked up his left skate and gave out a yell after the goal.
“When you had the record I had in the shootout, it’s always nice to score,” Kane said. “Definitely nice to capitalize when you’re struggling in that area.
“It felt good to see one go in. Not just the past 10 games [where I haven’t scored] and in the shootout too, to score in that situation that I’m counted on to score, it was nice to finish there.”
Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews thought it was only a matter of time before Kane put one in.
“He scores every practice,” Toews said. “At some point, they’re bound to go in. I think sometimes it happens -- the best scorers, the best shooters can’t score every time. It’s nice to see him finish it off tonight.”
Costly stick: Toews was sent to the box Sunday for probably the strangest penalty of his career.
After breaking his stick in the second period, Toews flung it out of his way and accidently sent it over the glass. He was given a 10-minute misconduct penalty.
“I wasn’t aware of that penalty,” Toews said. “I’m not even sure how my stick went over the glass. I just kind of tossed and made sure it was out of the way if the puck came back into that area. I guess it went over the glass. Kind of unfortunate. At least it didn’t put our team down a guy.”
Crawford's consistency: Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford has been playing more consistently since he returned from a lower-body injury in early January.
Crawford has stopped 178 of 193 shots for a .922 save percentage and has a 2.14 goals-against average in seven starts in January. He had a 2.47 goals-against average and .907 save percentage in 27 games this season prior to the injury.