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Kane moved to center again

The Sports Xchange
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--Patrick Kane was moved back to center after 12 games of limited success at his natural position, right wing. Kane started the season at center after coach Joel Quenneville famously tried the gifted forward in the middle. In the first 25 games, Kane had seven goals and 24 points at center. But he was moved back to wing at the start of December after rookie C Marcus Kruger proved he can handle centering the second line. But Kane only had two goals in 12 games at wing despite some success with C Jonathan Toews. Kane had an assist Friday against the Red Wings. He centered LW Patrick Sharp and RW Viktor Stalberg. "The last few times I went to center, it seems like we've had a little more balance," Kane said.

--C Jonathan Toews scored the Hawks' first goal against the Red Wings on a penalty shot. He was awarded the shot after he was hooked by Detroit D Nicklas Lidstrom. It was the Hawks' first penalty shot this season. G Corey Crawford, meanwhile, has already turned away two this season for the Hawks. It was the second penalty shot of Toews' career. He is 1-for-2. With the goal, Toews leads the Western Conference with 21 goals. "I couldn't believe I got a second chance on that one, but I'm thankful for it," Toews said.

--The Hawks' power play has fallen on tough times. They went 0-for-5 against the Red Wings and have converted just once in the last five games, going 1-for-17. Their power play dropped to No. 12 in the NHL after Friday's games. Against the Red Wings, RW Marian Hossa and D Brent Seabrook switched places on the first and second units.

QUOTE TO NOTE
"We knew playing against Detroit, it's always a big game for us, also for the fans and for the media. It's a rivalry. We knew it was going to be a tight game. We wanted to make sure we played tight defensively." -- RW Marian Hossa on the Hawks' victory over the Red Wings.

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