Kane keeps Blackhawks alive with double overtime winner
(The Sports Xchange) - Duncan Keith needed only three words to describe the importance of Patrick Kane's goal 3:07 into the second overtime on Thursday that propelled the team to a 4-3 win over the St Louis Blues.
"Saved our season," Keith said.
The defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks were facing elimination in Game Five of their opening-round playoff series against the Blues before Kane decided he was not ready for their season to end.
Kane, who had not scored a goal in the first four games of the series after scoring 46 in the regular season, finally broke that drought when he decked through the slot and flipped a shot on goal that Brian Elliott got a piece of to knock wide.
However, Kane swooped around the net and swept the rebound in on the backhand.
It was the fifth career overtime goal in the playoffs for Kane and the 49th of his career in the playoffs. The five overtime goals ties Kane for third all-time in Stanley Cup history.
"He's a clutch player," said Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville. "Obviously, he's a great player. Not a lot of players can do what he did, or does."
The Blackhawks' win cut the Blues lead in the series to 3-2 and sent it back to Chicago for Game Six, which will be played on Saturday. If a seventh game is necessary, it will be in St Louis on Monday.