Kane continues Savard's spin-o-rama legacy
Wednesday, 10.26.2011 / 1:44 PM
Patrick Kane had a night to remember Tuesday night; and, in the process, brought back memories of Chicago Blackhawks star Denis Savard.
During regulation, Kane had magical assists on both Chicago goals and then scored the winning goal in the shootout as Chicago defeated Anaheim, 3-2, Tuesday night at the United Center.
After the game, though, all anyone -- including Kane -- wanted to talk about was Kane's spin-o-rama pass on a goal by Marian Hossa that evoked memories of Chicago legend Savard in his prime.
Savard, who scored 473 goals and 1,338 points in his 1,196 NHL games, did not invent the spin-o-rama (Serge Savard is credited with that honor), but he perfected it and It became his signature move in short order.
Hossa tied the game at 1-1 midway through the second with an easy tap-in, but even he admitted that goal was all Kane.
Hossa started the highlight-reel play with a pass to Kane in the neutral zone. From there, Kane carried the puck into the right circle, where he put on the brakes in front of defenseman Toni Lydman before wheeling backward and zipping a backhand pass through traffic in front of the crease to Hossa streaking for the back side of the net.
"It was a beautiful pass from Patrick," Hossa said. "He likes those types of things and that's his type of game. He can do stuff like that when it's his time to shine. He had an excellent game."
Kane admitted the homage to Savard, kane's first coach in Chicago, was planned and had been in the works for awhile.
"It's an underrated move," Kane said. "I think you get acceleration out of it and protect the puck, too. I've talked to (Savard) about that a number of times, about when to use it. I've tried it a few times and it hasn't really come into play and worked, but tonight it felt good."
Kane's second assist was also highlight-worthy, as he scooped a loose puck in the Anaheim zone and slid a quick backhand pass to Patrick Sharp, who was wide-open in the slot. Sharp blasted a shot past Hiller to tie it 2-2 at 5:57 of the third period to help set the stage for overtime and then the shootout.
The two points were Kane's first in three games , a dry spell that was too long for his liking.
"It's nice to (score) two points," Kane said. "I'd be lying if I said that wasn't something I wanted to do tonight, but more important was the timing of the plays. It's nice to get back on the (scoresheet) though."