Then there was that amazing goal, on a Monday night in January.
Unsurprisingly, Patrick Kane scored it, dipping into his bottomless toolbox. Just after New Year's, he was selected for yet another National Hockey League All-Star Game. Not that he needed validation, the Blackhawks' inventive genius provided another clip for his career-long highlight package.
Upstairs at the United Center Denis Savard, a Hall of Famer who could make the puck talk, gasped.
"Did I ever try what he just did?" Savard exclaimed. "It never even crossed my mind, what he just did."
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Downstairs, a few rows off the ice, Kane's parents Pat and Donna observed their son's magic.
"I tried to keep it low-key," said Dad. "But it was one of those, oh, my god, moments, did-you-see-that? People around us were celebrating. He looked right at us. Then I started getting texts from friends back in Buffalo. They'd seen that one before."
After No. 88 made eye contact, Dad gave him a fist pump. Then, Patrick skated around the corner, smiling to an exultant crowd. Much of Chicago was in a dark mood, for the Bears had incurred an excruciating defeat that eliminated them from the playoffs the previous evening.
But now, on a Monday in January, Patrick Kane did his thing. He brings joy to the rink, then shares it, spreads it.