This may be hard to believe, but Patrick Kane actually said that when the Philadelphia Flyers come to Chicago to take on the Blackhawks this Sunday, the goal that no one in either city will ever forget will not be at the forefront of his mind.
Kane, of course, is referring to his overtime Stanley Cup-winner in Game 6 at Wells Fargo Center last June. Or, you know, just the most important goal he has ever scored in his life and maybe will score in his career.
"I really don't know if I will (think about it)," Kane modestly told NHL.com on Thursday. "I guess you think of the Flyers, the last time we played them that happened, I scored the overtime goal and we won the Stanley Cup, but I guess I'll have to see what the feeling is like. It'll definitely bring back memories from the series."
Kane believes most of what he'll think about will be from Game 5, the last time the Flyers and Blackhawks met at the United Center. That night Chicago took command in the series with a dominating 7-4 victory, setting up the opportunity to win the Stanley Cup in Philadelphia two nights later.
He scored in Game 5, too.
"If we were going to their building, definitely (I would think about Game 6)," Kane said. "There are a lot of memories from their building, from that night, just even warm-ups with the fans heckling me. It was a really fun atmosphere to be around and it made you want to beat them even worse. It's a fun city to play in on the road, but we'll take the home ice (Sunday)."
Kane did say he looked for the Flyers on Chicago's schedule when it was revealed this summer. He saw they were coming to town on a Sunday in late January and figured it had to be an NBC game.
At least, that's what he was hoping for.
"Those games have more hype to them," Kane said. "I'm sure the fans are going to be wild that game, too. It's going to have a playoff feel to it, probably even a Stanley Cup feel to it."
Sunday's game will also be the first act to what could be turn into one of the all-time sports days in Chicago:
Blackhawks vs. Flyers in a rematch of the Stanley Cup Final at 11:30 a.m. CT followed by Bears vs. Packers in the NFC Championship game at 2 o'clock.
"It's going to be a great day of sports in Chicago," Kane said. "I know how the city of Chicago gets when a team wins a championship. It'll be cool to have that atmosphere around again."
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