Kane has sights set on gold, Cup

Updated: February 23, 2010, 3:10 PM ET
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Team USA winger Patrick Kane said it was "pretty cool" to get a request from snowboarding gold medalist Shaun White to hang out in Vancouver, but Kane's focus is on two goals: winning gold and a Stanley Cup.

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The Chicago Blackhawks star was asked which goal would be more meaningful.

"That's a really tough question," Kane said before practice Tuesday on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN 1000. "Right now, my main focus is on this, so I guess first come, first served. It would be nice to win this one right now.

"The obvious answer is to win both this year. It would be quite an amazing year."

Team USA earned the No. 1 seed in Group A with a thrilling 5-3 win over Canada on Sunday. With the win, Team USA drew a bye to the quarterfinals against the winner of the Switzerland-Belarus game on Tuesday.

"It's nice to have another day off, and I think that will be big for us down the stretch," said Kane, who added, "Obviously it's a nice win because it gives us an easier ride to the gold medal game, I think."

Kane said he wished his Blackhawks teammate Jonathan Toews luck as he and Team Canada faced Germany on Tuesday.

"I saw him this morning at breakfast in the cafeteria and wished him luck today," Kane said. "I think he's playing real good for them. He's probably one of their best players, so it's good to see the Hawks well represented."

There are six Blackhawks in the Olympics, and it's possible one or more will make it to the gold-medal game. Kane doesn't foresee fatigue being a problem when the players return to the NHL.

"I'd be lying if I didn't say it would be nice to have a couple weeks off, but you'd rather be here playing in the Games for sure," the 21-year-old Kane said. "I think if you'd ask any player that, they'd tell you the same thing.

"For us [Blackhawks], it shouldn't factor in. I'm sure the Blackhawks will give us certain days off as far as dealing with the players. They've done a great job of that throughout the year. There's really no excuse to be fatigued, especially at my age. I'm a young kid and don't have to worry about that."

Kane praised Team USA goaltender Ryan Miller for his effort against the Canadians, and he said his team continues to improve.

"I feel I have another level of my game I can get to," he said. "I'm excited about that, and I'm excited about where this team can go. And I still think we're getting better, too."

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