Kane’s OT Goal Vaults Blackhawks into Western Conference Finals
(ST. PAUL, Minn.) -- Patrick Kane lives for the dramatic moments.
Kane scored the game-winning goal 9:42 into overtime as the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Minnesota Wild 2-1 in Game 6 on Tuesday night to advance to the Western Conference finals.
"He's a special player, and guys have that instinct, have that knack of finding pucks, wanting to be out there, wanting to score," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said.
Kris Versteeg scored 1:58 into the first period to set the tone for Chicago. Corey Crawford made 34 saves, but in the end, the story was all about Kane's heroics.
"We probably didn't play our best tonight, but just finding a way to win is something this team has done for many years now," Kane said. The 25-year-old now has four playoff overtime game-winning goals in his career.
Erik Haula scored a goal during the second period to tie the game at 1, but it wasn't enough as the Wild were eliminated from the playoffs.
"We really believe that we were capable of doing more than just winning this game," Wild coach Mike Yeo said. "Our guys did everything that we asked and they laid it on the line, and that's what hurts."
The Blackhawks will face either the Anaheim Ducks or the Los Angeles Kings in the next round.
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