Kane's goal still has them talking

CHICAGO -- The buzz about Patrick Kane's game-winning shootout goal against the Wild on Wednesday carried over to Thursday.

Kane almost seemed perplexed over the fuss after practice at the United Center, though he did note it was SportsCenter's top play the night before.

"I don't know if it's really that hard to be honest with you," he said. "I think it's almost easier and a good move to try because you have so much time to pick and choose what you want. If you have the confidence in your hands and stick handling I guess you can do whatever in that situation."

Kane grabbed the puck at center ice at full speed but slowed to a near stop while keeping the puck moving forward very slowly. He stick-handled too many times to count before letting goalie Niklas Backstrom make the first move.

"It's all about reading the goalie and sometimes when you're going slow you have more time to read what he's going to do," Kane said. "Just waiting for him to make the first move I guess and then you can go the other way."

It's exactly what happened and when Backstrom went to his left, Kane went to the right and found an open net.

"I think I was just pumped he bit so hard I just fired it in the net as hard as I could instead of slide it," Kane stated.

Joel Quenneville was as impressed as anyone acknowledging Kane went against the grain with the move.

"We talk about going with speed and making a move," Quenneville quipped. "He did just the opposite. There's certain trickery skilled players have and that added patience that he showed was pretty remarkable."

Emery Starting

At this point it's not as newsworthy as it was about a week ago but Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville named Ray Emery his starter in goal against the Anaheim Ducks.

It's Emery's fourth consecutive start. The Hawks have won the previous three, including Wednesday's win over the Wild where Emery shut the door on the home team in the third period, overtime and the shootout.

But what about Corey Crawford? Quenneville was asked if he's worried about the Hawks netminder sitting for so long.

"Definitely not concerned to that level," Quenneville responded Thursday after practice. "Keep working on your game. Be positive, be supportive. It gives him more time to get excited to get back in the net and at the same time he's working and doing everything he can to position himself to get back in and stay in."

Non-Icing Call

The Hawks were happy they were given an apology for a missed icing call Wednesday night which led to the Wild's first goal.

As the puck was sent the length of the ice linesman Dan Schachte put up his hands for icing but the linesman on the other side, Ryan Galloway, waved it off allowing Nick Johnson to win the puck and center it to Kyle Brodziak who scored.

John Scott and Steve Montador were the defensemen racing back to touch up for what they thought was icing.

"I didn't think it was waved off," Scott said. "It was kind of surprising. I just went in there thinking it was a normal icing ... Halfway down I assumed it was icing.'"

Scott said he knew the way the puck was shot down the ice there would be no way it wouldn't be icing.

"He knew he messed up," Scott said of Galloway. "I think he thought the puck was on the ice and I had a play on it but it was waist high so I think he kind of knew he made a bad call."

Neither Scott nor Montador had time to realize icing had been waved off. Neither, apparently, did goalie Ray Emery.

"The linesman was on the far side so we couldn't hear or see him," Scott said. "I guess you can't assume anything."


  • Expect Ben Smith or John Scott to play on the Hawks fourth line Friday against the Ducks. Quenneville declared Dan Carcillo questionable after he fought Brad Staubitz Wednesday night and then later took a forearm to the chin during a goalmouth scrum. Scott ran drills with Jamal Mayers and Andrew Brunette at practice Thursday before Smith was recalled from the minors.

  • Joel Quenneville praised Viktor Stalberg for his play on the Hawks' top line. There have been moments where Quenneville has moved Stalberg off of it but usually returns him to play with Kane and Jonathan Toews.

    "I think he's way more consistent than he has been in the past," Quenneville said. "A lot of responsibility playing with that line against top guys. There is room for improvement but I think he is improving."

  • The Hawks have played four consecutive overtime games, winning three of them. They've gone to overtime in 11 games already this season in 31 contests. Last year they played 19 overtime games of 82.