Barack Obama called out Patrick Kane to grow back his mullet in March 2011. Kaner quickly called his barber Carmelo Preiti to arrange his mullet for the post-season. This phenomenon worked so well during the 2010 Stanley Cup run, it was a no-brainer.
Chris Campoli’s turnover to Alex Burrows in OT in game #7 vs. the Canucks ended the Blackhawks’ quest for back-to-back cups. Patrick Kane’s mullet went down the drain along with their hopes for another long run. Well I hope it didn’t go down the drain, as a house owner, that could pose future plumbing problems.
The last time Patrick Kane had a confident mullet he was enjoying a summer of champagne and ultimate celebration. Not since he skated at warp speed to the lifeless/confused Antti Niemi after scoring the Stanley Cup winning OT goal in the Wachovia Center on June 9th, 2010 did he sport one on the ice.
He took a year off last year vs. the Phoenix Coyotes where they found themselves victims again to a 1st round defeat. Mulletless, Kane went back to Buffalo to regroup for the summer.
As I watched the Hawks bench during the glass shattering anthem from the one, the only, Jim Cornelison, I noticed Kane’s mullet looking quite formidable. Could this be the same great mullet of year’s past? Or is this just ominously foreshadowing another disappointing playoff run. With the Hawks finding themselves in the 2nd round vs. Detriot, the mullet has already surpassed expectations.
The Blackhawks had a stingy yet dominating win (thanks to a focused 3rd period) in game #1. Although Kane has not scored a goal in the post-season, an encouraging regular season has the 24year old at another level. With his growth and maturity evident entering the shortened season, even when he’s not scoring goals he’s always still been a contributor. There’s also been a stronger effort on his defense and there’s even been fables of him attempting a body check or two.
So, if Patrick Kane is sporting the winning mullet of 2010 he is a different person as well as a more complete player. Regardless the outcome this year, Kane’s haircut is years beyond Andrew Shaw’s moustache.
~ Mike Babcock was a realist in his post-game presser showing why he’s such a successful coach. He did not single a player out, the blame was on his entire team. He knows they have to be better and they will be on Saturday afternoon.
~ Patrick Kane (have I mentioned him yet?) has been nominated for the Lady Byng Trohpy. He is relentlessly harassed and targeted each game but very rarely loses his calm. Oh stop it… the cab incident was off the ice and years ago!
~ The next Chara? Probably not. But the IceHogs have signed 6’8 defenceman Viktor Svedberg to an AHL deal. Elite Prospects report says: A two-way defenseman in the Swedish junior league, but likely to develop into a more defensive minded type of player in the future. Skating and mobility is not impressive, but not as bad as someone would expect for a player of his large stature. Plays the body to some extent, but gets penalized a bit too much. A project that could turn out well if he continues to work on his mobility. Pretty active stick. <– Quenneville lobbied to have him signed for this obviously.
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