Hawks winger Patrick Kane celebrates with teammates Brad Richards and Duncan Keith. (Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images)
Patrick Kane didn't register a point in the first two games of the Western Conference Final between his Hawks and Anaheim, but the Chicago star winger put an end to that pattern in Game 3 Thursday with an absolutely brilliant no-look, spinning backhanded goal to tie the game 1-1.
In the first two games of the Western Conference Final between his Chicago Blackhawks and the Anaheim Ducks, superstar right winger Patrick Kane did not have a point. If you know him, that's kind of unlike him. So he was probably due for a spectacular goal or setup of one – and sure enough, in Game 3 Thursday, Kane added to his already-impressive playoff scoring total with a no-look, backhanded goal most of us couldn't perform on a video game.
The host Hawks were trailing Anaheim 1-0 late in the first period at United Center when Kane picked up the puck between the faceoff dots and directly in front of Ducks goalie Frederik Andersen; in one fluid motion, he took the puck on his backhand, and, without glancing toward the net, perfectly fired it between Andersen's right arm and hip for his eighth goal of this post-season:
The goal was Kane's 45th career playoff marker and 105th point in 106 career games. And if you ever attempt to reproduce what Kane did, at any level you play, everyone at The Hockey News wishes you all the best.