Chicago phenom Patrick Kane didn't disappoint in his first month in the NHL.
Now, the NHL's rookie of the month for October looks to pick up where he left off as the Blackhawks visit the St. Louis Blues on Saturday.
Kane was taken with the first overall pick by Chicago (6-6-0) in the 2007 draft. The right wing, who turns 19 later this month, scored a shootout goal against Detroit's Dominik Hasek on Oct. 6 to lead the Blackhawks to their first win of the season and finished October with team highs of 11 assists and 16 points.
The 16 points were the most by an NHL rookie in October since 1992-93, when Winnipeg's Teemu Selanne had 20 and Boston's Joe Juneau recorded 17.
Kane faced competition for rookie of the month honors from teammate Jonathan Toews, who has 10 points and is tied with Kane and Robert Lang for second on the team with five goals. Toews, a 19-year-old center, was selected third overall in the 2006 draft.
Kane has five goals and seven assists in his last six games. He had a goal and an assist in Wednesday's 5-4 win in Dallas, helping the Blackhawks end a three-game losing streak.
"Lose three in a row like we had, it's difficult to take," coach Denis Savard said. "But this is a sign of a character team and it showed."
Toews also scored and Jason Williams had two goals, including the game-winner with 20.4 seconds left. The Blackhawks nearly blew a 3-1 third-period lead before Williams netted his goals.
"This time we found a way to win," Williams said. "We gave up a couple, then took the momentum back. We're making it hard on ourselves."
Chicago is opening a stretch of eight straight games against Central Division rivals and is facing St. Louis (7-4-0) for the second time this season. The Blackhawks had won five of six against the Blues before losing 3-1 at home on Oct. 17.
Kane failed to record a point in that game, but Williams scored Chicago's lone goal and received an assist from Toews.
The Blues, who also play their next eight games against Central opponents, are coming off Thursday's 3-2 victory over Minnesota. Jay McKee scored the game-winner at 7:46 of the third period for St. Louis, which has split its last six games.
Manny Legace stopped 23 shots for his sixth win in his last eight starts. Legace is 9-6-0 with two shutouts and a 2.18 goals-against average in 18 games - 15 starts - against the Blackhawks.
"Manny's been our best player. You're not going to be a successful club without your goaltender being one of your top players," McKee said. "He's been our main guy, coming up with some big saves."
St. Louis has yet to lose back-to-back games this season, but coach Andy Murray believes his team's record could be even better. Two of the Blues' four losses have been by one goal.
"If somebody had told us at the start of the year that after 11 games we'd be 7-4, we'd probably take it," he said, "but at the same token, our feeling is that we should be 9-2."