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Penalty kill, Kane's goal positives for Blackhawks

Saturday, 05.18.2013 / 6:16 PM

By Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent / Blackhawks-Red Wings series blog

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Penalty kill, Kane's goal positives for Blackhawks

CHICAGO -- One of the bright spots for the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday in Game 2 of their Western Conference Semifinal loss to the Detroit Red Wings was their penalty kill, which remains perfect through seven games of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Despite losing 4-1 at United Center, Chicago went 4-for-4 killing penalties and upped its string of consecutive kills to 24.

When the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup in 2010, they also had an excellent penalty-kill, stopping the first 22 they saw in that postseason, all against the Nashville Predators in a six-game Western Conference Quarterfinal.

Another positive sign was a goal by forward Patrick Kane at 14:05 of the first to give Chicago a 1-0 lead. It was Kane's first goal of the postseason and the second playoff goal he's scored since sliding the game-winner under Philadelphia Flyers goalie Michael Leighton in overtime of Game 6 of the 2010 Stanley Cup Final to clinch the Blackhawks' first Cup in 49 years.

"It's nice to score, but it didn't really mean anything in the game," Kane said. "It was nice to get a 1-0 lead, but besides that it doesn't really mean too much, other than getting on the score sheet. That's the only good thing about it."

Quote of the Day

I remember the first time at Wrigley Field all of us had the long johns, the turtlenecks and the extra equipment because we were afraid of being cold. Halfway through the first period everybody's ripping everything off and we just ended up wearing what we would normally wear for a game at the United Center.

— Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp on the 2009 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic