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Kane’s OT goal ties Blackhawks – Blues series at 2-2

Apr 24, 2014, 12:52 AM EDT

If you’re a an of themes, Wednesday was all about first-round series getting tied up 2-2, mostly in dramatic ways.

The Columbus Blue Jackets probably took the cake from a jaw-dropping standpoint, raging back against the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Dallas Stars didn’t need overtime but left the Anaheim Ducks gritting their teeth. Finally, Patrick Kane added to his big-game legacy with a 4-3 OT winner to lock his Chicago Blackhawks up 2-2 with the St. Louis Blues.

The ‘Hawks two biggest names enjoyed outstanding nights overall. Kane collected two goals and one assist overall while Jonathan Toews generated two assists of his own.

Chicago comes back this time

Remarkably, this is the third game in this series that ended 4-3 in overtime.

That said, in a bit of a role reversal, it was the Blackhawks managing to send a tight game to overtime with a late goal this time around. Granted, the tally Bryan Bickell managed wasn’t in the absolute last minute/seconds like the Blues’ goals in Game 1 and 2 – his came with a little less than four minutes remaining – yet it still got the job done.

Chicago generated a 2-0 lead in the second period, but goals by Vladimir Tarasenko and Maxim Lapierre tied things up 2-2 (all in the second period). Tarasenko’s second goal gave St. Louis a 3-2 lead before Bickell tied it.

(Not bad work by Tarasenko, actually … especially for a guy who wasn’t supposed to return from wrist surgery this soon.)

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The Blackhawks and Blues now shift back to St. Louis for Game 5. So far, home teams have won every game in this series, yet each victory has been by a narrow margin (Chicago’s 2-0 win in Game 3 represented the largest margin and only regulation finish).

It’s silly to expect overtime dramatics, yet this series screamed “first-round classic” on paper. So far, it hasn’t been far from that.

  1. hammerhead5573 - Apr 24, 2014 at 12:55 AM

    Me: Hey Boss I am not going to be making it in to work tomorrow.
    Boss: I hope all is ok. Whats wrong?
    Me: I sh!t my Pants
    Boss: Well dont you have more pants?
    Me: No I sh!t all of them.
    Boss? Why?
    Me: 2 words….Chicago BlackHawks

    • av416 - Apr 24, 2014 at 1:15 AM

      It’s a true crime that these two have to play each other in the first round.

      • joey4id - Apr 24, 2014 at 10:46 AM

        Its certainly more entertaining than what it would have been than it was prior to the new format. STL vs LA and CHI vs SJS. Rivalry hockey elevates the compete level, which is good for fans, and for the economics of the business.

      • imleftcoast - Apr 24, 2014 at 12:17 PM

        Arguably the two best teams in hockey. Where’s the clip of Kane being asked by a reporter if he’d ever scored a bigger goal? They were running the audio on the radio this morning. He wouldn’t dignify it with an answer.

    • jhaegs - Apr 24, 2014 at 2:32 AM

      Your pants know how my pants felt the first two games. You get use to it…

    • comeonnowguys - Apr 24, 2014 at 9:29 AM

      I still have a supply of adult diapers from the Bruins series. I’m good.

      • imleftcoast - Apr 24, 2014 at 1:43 PM

        18 seconds is definitely not enough time for a trip to the bathroom.

    • imleftcoast - Apr 24, 2014 at 4:54 PM

  2. comeonnowguys - Apr 24, 2014 at 12:55 AM

    I realize I am not a smart man who is paid for his hockey knowledge, but hasn’t Versteeg played himself out of a roster spot? Free Morin!

    • ghostof34 - Apr 24, 2014 at 11:51 AM

      Why would you think that??? I mean he only gets his pocket picked or knocked on his butt anytime he is near the puck…Free Jeremy Morin!

    • slysipops - Apr 24, 2014 at 12:20 PM

      totally agree ! at the time of the trade i thought it might be good ….didn’t take too long to change my mind. maybe he ( if Q don’t take him out for MORIN ) ought to concentrate on playing the game than playing around with his moutpiece constantly

  3. jhuck92 - Apr 24, 2014 at 12:58 AM

    Fastest hands in the West. That’s hockey, baby!

  4. r8rbhawk - Apr 24, 2014 at 12:58 AM

    Another exciting game, definitely the best playoff series. I aged another 10 years with the ‘Hawks giving up another goal in the last few seconds of a period. Loved seeing Barrett Jackoffman get burned on the OT winner.

    • slysipops - Apr 24, 2014 at 12:22 PM

      DITTO !

  5. hammerhead5573 - Apr 24, 2014 at 12:59 AM

    Gotta be totally honest. The Blues are very impressive. I was hanging my head when they scored the 3rd goal, but as things go, it isnt over until its over.

  6. prd797 - Apr 24, 2014 at 1:00 AM

    It’s crazy: baring a few late goals, the Hawks could have won this series in four. Similarly, the Blues could have done the same.

    Neither team has been at their best, but it has been a great series to watch thus far. 3 OT games between two of the best teams in the West is just destined to be a good watch.

    It’s 6am here and I’m more awake then I have been all night. That’s the magic of playoff hockey.

  7. rgledz - Apr 24, 2014 at 1:29 AM

    @Kastout11……I believe you stated that “the Hawks will not beat the Blues without Seabrook in the lineup……and there will NOT be a game 6″. I guess you can shut up now. Keep your “commentary” to yourself. Go Hawks!

  8. jpat2424 - Apr 24, 2014 at 1:32 AM

    Apr 23, 2014, 11:55 PM CDT
    I realize I am not a smart man who is paid for his hockey knowledge, but hasn’t Versteeg played himself out of a roster spot? Free Morin!

    I agree Versteeg hasn’t done a damn thing

  9. trbowman - Apr 24, 2014 at 1:35 AM

    St. Louis really blue that game.

    • jhaegs - Apr 24, 2014 at 2:34 AM

      *blew

      And that’s a stupid comment given how the series has gone. Another great game, and it’s going just as I thought it would. I could watch these two teams play each other every night!

      • trbowman - Apr 24, 2014 at 2:46 AM

        My bad pun

        Your head

      • jhaegs - Apr 24, 2014 at 5:07 AM

        It wasn’t very punny…

  10. jpat2424 - Apr 24, 2014 at 1:38 AM

    Another great game. Myself and my wife were freaking out. As much as I hate the Blues, they have so much adversity. Hopefully the boys (hawks) can steal the next game in St. Louis.

    Ps Versteeg get your game on. Cause J Morin should be playing

  11. 1harrypairatesties - Apr 24, 2014 at 2:37 AM

    Yes! Hawks are back in it!

  12. tripps3 - Apr 24, 2014 at 7:30 AM

    Good to the Hawks finding a way to pick up the pace in OT. Kaner is heating up!

  13. paperlions - Apr 24, 2014 at 9:17 AM

    I swear, this series is gonna kill me. If the Blues move on, I’m not sure what my emotional state (of giving a crap) will be….I mean, I’ll feel like they already won so…why are they still playing? What? MORE? AHHHHHHHHHH.

  14. maalea - Apr 24, 2014 at 10:28 AM

    As a Flyers fan, every time Kane scores a playoff goal, I curse those F’N ping pong balls!!!!

  15. joey4id - Apr 24, 2014 at 10:53 AM

    Sweet hands. PK has a flair for the dramatic. Big guns have to come up big when the chips are down. This team is led by Toews who never seems to let his game be less than awesome. To me, Crawford is an enigma. He can make great saves to keep the team in the game, but every once in a while he gives up a soft goal. Mostly on the glove side.

    • hammerhead5573 - Apr 24, 2014 at 11:02 AM

      Let’s be fair though, every goalies gives up soft goals once in a while.

      • danglingfury - Apr 24, 2014 at 11:47 AM

        Miller’s given up a few this series. But he’s also made some dandies, as has Crawford. Generally though, aren’t most of the goals scored in the playoffs garbage goals because of the defensive systems deployed by teams?!

  16. ghostof34 - Apr 24, 2014 at 11:58 AM

    This is a great series, the Blues do what they want to do for a stretch, then the Hawks do their thing…the momentum goes back and forth it’s what makes playoff hockey great…but the rivalry makes it even better. I am not a Blues basher, they play their game well. The feeling that the Hawks haven’t found their full game yet is probably because the Blues are that good…I do not expect any less than the games we have already seen…nobody is running away with this series. At the beginning I said Hawks in 6, so I will stand by that, even though I feel 7 games is likely. The shame is, that one of these teams, as good as they are, cannot continue after this. This would have been a hell of a Western Conference Finals…because it already feels like that anyway.

  17. olhockeypop - Apr 24, 2014 at 12:12 PM

    Patrick is supposed to be a Buffalo guy . WTF He is going to Screw the Sabres out of a first round pick by eliminating the Blues if he keep’s scoring these clutch goals .I do have to say with the Sabres out of the picture this series has kept me looking forward to the games . With out a doubt this series is one for the ages loving it . I hopeit goes 7 games just for the entertainment value . If I was a Blues or Hawks fan I would need a heart transplant wacthing these games .

  18. slysipops - Apr 24, 2014 at 12:29 PM

    nice to see the HAWKS firing on more cylinders! more tweeking is still needed though! i hope to live after this series is over !!!!!! GO HAWKS GO !

  19. joey4id - Apr 24, 2014 at 1:03 PM

    The one guy in this series who has surprised me by his consistency. is Lapierre. He’s intense, makes hardly any mistakes if any, plays the PK, and scores a big goal. I know. He’s not the most likeable person, but just saying that he’s been playing very well.

    • imgoingtowichita - Apr 24, 2014 at 1:46 PM

      But Joseph, he hits to hurt. I’m confused?

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