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Scoring champion Kane wants Stanley Cup too

First American Art Ross winner ready for Blackhawks' Game 1 against Blues

by Brian Hedger / Correspondent

CHICAGO -- It was the kind of season Patrick Kane always felt he could have if he just stayed healthy from start to finish.

After his previous two regular seasons were cut short by a knee injury (2013-14) and a fractured left clavicle (2014-15), the Chicago Blackhawks right wing led the NHL in scoring with 106 points to become the first American-born player to win the Art Ross Trophy.

Kane played all 82 games for the first time since 2011-12, set NHL career highs in goals (46), assists (60), points, and rating (plus-17), and had a 26-game point streak that set records for Blackhawks and American players.

"It's a special year," Kane said after practice Tuesday. "I think it's pretty amazing that an American has never won [the Art Ross], considering the great American players that have played in the League, but I feel lucky and fortunate to be the first to do it, and it's always been kind of a dream of mine as an offensive player to be able to lead the League in scoring. It was a fun overall year, and hopefully it doesn't stop now."

Kane, 27, credited his revamped line with center Artem Anisimov and rookie left wing Artemi Panarin, but the biggest key was avoiding injury. Kane scored at a point-a-game pace in each of the past two seasons before his injuries occurred.

"Staying healthy was the biggest thing this year for me," Kane said. "I don't know if I would've won the award the past couple of years, but when you lose anywhere from 15 to 20 games in a season, it's obviously going to hurt your chances. That was a big reason."

Video: Kane on scoring title

Kane will try to carry it over into the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Game 1 of the Western Conference First Round series against the St. Louis Blues is at Scottrade Center on Wednesday (9:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CSN-CH, FS-MW, SN360, TVAS).

Asked if he's feeling any extra pressure to perform, Kane shook his head.

"No," he said. "No, I mean, if I'm not scoring, I'm not doing my job. If I'm not creating chances, that's how you measure it. Sometimes they go in, sometimes they don't, but you want to create scoring chances for your team and that's what I'll try to do as well."

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