TAMPA, Fla. -- Patrick Kane has nine shots on goal and 22 shot attempts in the first four games of the Stanley Cup final. But he has no goals. It's a growing talking point surrounding the Chicago Blackhawks heading into Game Five Saturday in Amalie Arena.
"As an offensive player, you always want to score goals, especially since that’s your job," Kane said today as reporters surrounded his locker. "I don’t really think about it, not concerned about it. I want to help out in any way possible. If that’s scoring goals, great. If not, it's doing other stuff, setting up plays, playing good defensively. That’s what it is this time of year. That’s what we have to be concerned about, not individual stuff.
“Every game I had some sort of chance to score. Obviously you want to demand the puck. It’s a tight-checking series. There probably isn’t as much scoring as people thought coming into the series."
Kane seemed more engaged in Game Four, with three shots on goal and seven attempts. He also got his first point of the series, an assist on Brandon Saad's game-winning goal early in the third period.
"All the games feel pretty similar to be honest with you," Kane said. "There seems to be couple chances here and there and if you take advantage of them, the storyline could be different. I try not to change too much but you want to have the puck on your stick, make plays out there and feel engaged."
One thing Kane said he has done is watch video of his shifts in the series. He said he's noticed some plays that could be made and spots on the ice he can look for going forward.
"Anytime you can try to get to the net more and pick up something loose around there and jam one in, that sometimes helps," he said. "I saw some good things out there. There's also times you feel you can make different plays and try doing something different out there. For the most part, it seems like there's opportunities and chances every game.
"Going into tonight, one of those shifts, and you never know which one, is going to present a good opportunity. You just have to be ready for it and bear down on your chances."
Click below to hear a good chunk of Kane's meeting with reporters here today: