Patrick Kane is renowned for being one of the most clutch hockey players to ever play the game. On Thursday night, with his Chicago Blackhawks facing elimination Kane came up aces yet again, scoring the double overtime winner In epic fashion.
Kane deked around Troy Brouwer in the slot and slid a shot on goal that hit goaltender Brian Elliott and squirted past the left post. The NHL’s regular-season scoring leader circled the net, picked up the loose puck and backhanded it over the goal line.
“I tried to make a move around a guy who was maybe trying to block my shot,” Kane said. “Made a move, saw the puck and tried to get one on net there. Fortunately enough it kind of squeaked out to the other side.
“I don’t think I was very good in that first overtime or very good at all tonight. It’s one of those things I tried to tell myself just to get confidence going into that fifth period and try to make some plays.” Kane told NHL.com
It’s countless plays like this one that make Patrick Kane my favorite player to watch in the National Hockey League. You have to feel for St. Louis who battle back admirably in the final frame to tie the game. It’s heartbreaking to lose a game like that on home ice for sure.
Corey Crawford stood tall for the Blackhawks as they took Thursday’s Game 5 from the Blues 4-3 in double overtime.
Crawford turned away 43 of 46 shots, including six of seven on the kill during his 83:07 of work. Without a doubt he’ll want the Blues’ opening tally back, but the next two were sweet deflections back against the grain. Now trailing 3-2 in the series, the Blackhawks have a chance to turn the tide on Saturday.
For me, this playoff series as easily been the best. Definitely, the tightest, most intense action. One would assume the Blackhawks have the momentum after such an epic victory. However, the St. Louis Blues have been Surprisingly comfortable at the United Center in Chicago. Saturday’s Game 6 is ‘must-see’ TV.