Maybe it was just an incredibly talented player fully hitting his stride after two days of camp. Or maybe it was the extra motivation of getting to meet a Blackhawks legend between periods and finding out that you share something in common.
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Whatever it was, Blackhawks 1st round pick Patrick Kane had his best day of Prospects Camp Thursday, scoring twice and adding an assist to lead Red to a 6-2 victory over White at the Edge in Bensenville.
The three-point effort put Kane atop the camp scoring list with 5 points (2-3) through three scrimmages.
After the 1st period, which saw Kane entertain the crowd with a top-shelf flip past White's Josh Unice, Blackhawks general manager Dale Tallon brought Hall of Famer Stan Mikita into the locker room for a visit.
Tallon told the players that Mikita, the Blackhawks' all-time leader in assists, points and games played, had a 22 year career at a playing weight of 162 pounds.
"That was pretty cool hearing that a Hall of Famer played 22 years and he's a little guy kind of my size," said the 5-10, 165-pound Kane. "Seeing him with a great career is definitely some motivation to get myself there."
"Stan is a dear friend," said Blackhawks head coach Denis Savard, "and just having him around is nice.
"Kane's eyes lit up when he heard about Stan," Savard added. "He came into the league at 150-some pounds. That's what I was too."
Tryout defenseman Matt McDonald and Wisconsin winger Matt Ford also had 1st period goals to give Red a 3-0 advantage going into the 2nd. But the highlight of the period was Kane's partial breakaway goal.
"I went down the wing and the puck kind of bounced over the defenseman and I got a little bit of breakaway," Kane said. "But the guy was on me so I thought I'd just protect the puck. I use that play a lot where I protect the puck and then flip it into the top corner and it worked.
"It's fun to get on the scoresheet. I got a couple breakaways and nice passes from my teammates. I'm getting better every day and enjoying myself."
White cut the deficit to one goal with two quick tallies at the start of the 2nd period from Maxime Tanguay and tryout forward Kevin Henderson, but Red proved too much thanks to the line of Kane, Jonathan Toews and Dan Bertram.
Toews made it 4-2 Red with an assist from Kane when he beat Mike Brodeur with a wraparound. Kane tallied his 2nd of the day a short time later with an assist from Bertram, who then closed out the scoring in the 3rd period with a gritty goal of his own.
Blackhawks amateur scout Ron Anderson was in attendance and liked what he saw from the Blackhawks' 1st round duo, Toews and Kane.
"They were terrific," Anderson said. "Obviously Jonathan plays with that competitive spirit and the will to get things done. He works so hard and is so intelligent.
"Kane just has dynamic skills and you have to remember that it's the first time he's been through this camp. Pretty impressive."
Bertram's fine play Thursday didn't go unnoticed either.
"Bertram is going back to college [at Boston College], but he's going to find a way someday to play in the league," Savard said. "He's a small guy but he plays big and hard."
Prospects Camp will conclude Friday with a scrimmage at 11 am.