Patrick Kane has scored 178 goals in his seven seasons -- yes, he's played seven seasons already -- as a member of the Blackhawks, and 34 in postseason play. The tie-breaking goal he scored last Friday night at United Center was among his very best: a coast-to-coast virtuoso performance that left three Minnesota Wild defenders in the dust, and goalie Ilya Bryzgalov helpless against a top-shelf, backhand dagger.
Highlight goals are pretty much the standard for Kane, who at the young age of 25 has already joined the ranks of Stan Mikita, Bobby Hull and Denis Savard as one of the Madhouse on Madison's all-time great scoring machines. Friday night's goal, which put the Hawks ahead for good in the first game of the division finals, left fans cheering and shaking their heads in glorious disbelief. And so did these:
June 8, 2013 -- Western Conference finals
Last year's playoff series against the Los Angeles Kings was a fun scrimmage compared to the seven-game, come-from-behind battle the Blackhawks waged against the Detroit Red Wings in Round 2. Game 5 of the conference finals was on friendly turf -- er, ice -- and Kaner rewarded the UC faithful with a double-overtime one-timer set up by Jonathan Toews. That victory put the Hawks in their second Stanley Cup final in four years, and we all know what happened in Boston a few nights later.
March 16, 2013 -- Blackhawks at Dallas Stars
Patrick Kane shows he learned a thing or two from ol' No. 18 with this dazzling spin-o-rama. It was the team's eighth goal in a contest that had already seen 2 apiece from Toews and Marian Hossa.
March 14, 2013 -- Blackhawks at Columbus Blue Jackets
Just two nights earlier, PK scored one of his patented multi-deke shootout goals on Sergei Bobrovsky, who would go on to win the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's best goaltender after the season ended. Don't feel bad, Sergei, Kaner's done the same thing to many goalies ... like this one. And this one. And this one.
March 10, 2013 -- Edmonton Oilers at Blackhawks
I guess Kaner was hot in March last year, eh? This goal comes at the expense of Edmonton goaltender Devan Dubnyk, who skates so far out of his net that even Eddie Belfour is going, "What?!?!?"
June 9, 2010 -- Stanley Cup finals
No list of Patrick Kane's greatest goals would be complete without the one that clinched the Hawks' first Stanley Cup since 1961. Kane seemed to be the only person on the ice who knew his puck was in the net, and even Doc Emrick and John Wiedeman weren't so sure. Philadelphia goaltender Michael Leighton probably still has nightmares about it, but this moment fulfilled the dreams of so many Blackhawks fans who had waited so long for the team to be competitive, let alone a champion.
Here's hoping we see another crazy Kaner goal tonight, as the Hawks' second-round playoff series shifts to Minnesota for Game 3.