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Hawks counting on Kane
By Tim Sassone | Daily Herald Staff

Patrick Kane, scoreless so far in the Western Conference finals, is checked by the Red Wings' Henrik Zetterberg, left, and Mikael Samuelsson in Game 4 on Sunday at the United Center.

 

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Published: 5/26/2009 10:45 PM

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If Martin Havlat is unable to play Wednesday night in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals at Joe Louis Arena, it's going to put even more pressure on Patrick Kane to bust out of his series slump.

Kane hasn't scored a goal in the first four games and knows time is running out for him to make a difference against the Red Wings in the Western Conference finals.

"It seems like I've never really got into a rhythm," Kane said. "There's still time left and hopefully I can pick it up and energize the team somehow. I think it's time for me to step up and try to put something together to get us back in the series."

Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said Havlat would be a game-day decision as the winger tries to shake off the effects of the hit from Detroit defenseman Niklas Kronwall in Game 3.

The Hawks are prepared to play Game 5 without Havlat and goalie Nikolai Khabibulin.

"We don't want to think about it as something that is going to drag us down," Jonathan Toews said. "We've had guys stepping up to take their spot if that's the case that can do the job as well.

"We've found a way win without some of our key players all year so it's not something that is going to stop us."

Winging it: The Hawks' discipline has slipped a bit in this series with the Red Wings compared to what it was against Calgary and Vancouver.

Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said their has been no secret to his team's disacipline.

"What we have, I think, is the ability to play hard between the whistles and we try to do that," Babcock said. "We try to forecheck hard. We try to stand up when we have the opportunity. And, you know, this series is a different series than the Anaheim one totally. There are different kinds of toughness in the games. I think our guys have done a good job of it."

Cleary surprised: Red Wings forward Dan Cleary told ChicagoSportsWebio.com's Jonathan Hood and Tim Doyle on Tuesday he was surprised the Hawks started to goon it up Sunday in Game 4.

"Anytime the game gets out of hand score-wise, especially in an intense situation, the other team gets frustrated and tries to take some liberties," Cleary said. "I felt when it was 4-1 they showed some undisciplined play. When it's only 3 goals, we proved in Game 3 that you can come back, so I was a little surprised by that."