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Patrick Kane hoping to finally find the back of the net in Sochi
SOCHI, Russia — After playing the 2010 Olympics on an NHL rink in Vancouver — and looking like his usual self, with three goals and two assists in six games — Patrick Kane was excited to see what he could do on the wider ice surface in Sochi.
So far, not as much as he’d like.
Kane has four points in four games, but they’re all assists. He has yet to find the back of the net, but he said he’s not sweating it just yet.
“No, not frustrated,” he said. “I thought I had some chances last game [against Czech Republic], I thought I had the puck a lot, and I created some, too. You’re always looking to do more when it’s not going in the net, but I”m just trying to get the shot through, get them on net, and see what happens.”
Kane’s best scoring chance, of course, came in overtime in the pool-play game against Russia, when he was unable to convert on a breakaway. But he’s had a few other good chances, and had maybe the highlight play of the tournament for the U.S. when he sent a perfect cross-ice pass to Joe Pavelski for the go-ahead goal against Russia.
The United States leads the tournament with 20 goals in just four games, so Kane’s brief drought is hardly a crisis. Still, he hopes to get on the board — soon, too, considering the U.S. plays Canada in a semifinal Friday night.
“I hope so,” he said. “I’ll keep trying to do the right things. If not, then I’ll try to do the right things to the point where I’m playing good defense, making plays with the puck, trying to create offense. That’s what I’m always trying to look to do. Hopefully it comes tomorrow. That’d be a great time.”