Patrick Kane ready to lead Blackhawks in Game 4 –

NASHVILLE — Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane has one goal in the Western Conference First Round series against the Nashville Predators.

The fact that his one goal, in the second period of Game 3 on Monday, is half of Chicago’s total in the series is little consolation to Kane. He knows he has to give more, produce more, for the Blackhawks to stay alive after losing the first three games of the best-of-7 series.

Game 4 is Thursday at Bridgestone Arena (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN360, TVA Sports 3; FS-TN, CSN-CH).

If the Blackhawks are to become the fifth team in NHL history to win a series after trailing 3-0, Kane expects he will have to lead the way.

This is not boasting on his part, but rather the reality facing the Blackhawks, who had much higher expectations than facing a do-or-die game in the fourth game of their postseason.

“You need your best players [at] this time of year to step up and be your best players,” Kane said after a short, intense practice Wednesday. “I think throughout the playoffs, as time goes on, you kind of see some depth guys, they step up and have big games. But, at times like this, I think it’s the top guys who probably need to lead the charge.”

Nobody on the Blackhawks leads the charge better than Kane; he has scored some of the biggest postseason goals in their history.

His overtime goal against the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final is the most iconic, a down-the-wing shot that eluded Michael goaltender Michael Leighton and gave Chicago the first of three championships in the past seven seasons. But there have been so many others.

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