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Bond Still Strong Between Kane, Gagner

by Dan Rosen / Chicago Blackhawks
ATLANTA -- A year later, Sam Gagner is still dishing assists to Patrick Kane, only now the pass is coming through a television screen and the goal doesn’t do much for Gagner at all.

Kane, the 19-year-old wunderkind right wing for the Chicago Blackhawks, said his recent shootout goal against Phoenix was his best imitation of Gagner, the 18-year-old Edmonton Oilers rookie center who served helpers to Kane all last season in the Ontario Hockey League.

“He’s got this one move that goalies can’t really figure out, so I went down and used it the other night and scored with it in a shootout,” Kane told “He comes down and he pulls it on his backhand to his forehand, fakes a shot, goes back to his backhand and pulls it to his forehand. It seems like he has an open net every time.”

It seemed that way for Kane any time he and Gagner rushed down the ice last season. It was like David Copperfield and Houdini combining on magic last season. Kane and Gagner dominated the London Knights’ top line, combining for 97 goals and 166 assists.

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