There wasn’t a lot to celebrate in the Chicago Blackhawks’ 3-2 loss to the Nashville Predators in Game 3 of the teams’ first round series, but a goal by one of the Blackhawks’ biggest stars is certainly worthy of some recognition.
That star is winger Patrick Kane, who scored in the second period of a game that the Blackhawks ultimately lost in overtime. That loss is definitely going to put a damper on the accomplishment, but he joined an exclusive club despite the outcome of the game.
The goal was Kane’s 50th postseason goal as a member of the Blackhawks, and he is only the fourth player to achieve that milestone. Before we reveal who the other three players are, here is the goal in question:
Patrick Kane goes glove side on Rinne, who was screened by Anisimov directly in front. 2-0 #Blackhawkspic.twitter.com/ZmKNqaR4hD
— Cristiano Simonetta (@CMS_74_) April 18, 2017
With that tally, Kane joins a trio of Blackhawks legends who have hit the 50-goal plateau in postseason play. Bobby Hull still holds the team record for most playoff goals, scoring 62 in his career with the Blackhawks. That is one better than the 61 that Denis Savard scored during his two stints in Chicago, and just three better than the 59 that Stan Mikita scored in his lengthy 20-plus season career with the Blackhawks.
If Kane is going to add to that total this season, he’s going to have to get moving, as the Blackhawks are now just one loss away from elimination.
Published at 1:44 AM CDT on Apr 18, 2017