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Patrick Kane scores the winner, Blackhawks take Game 1 over Wild

May 3, 2014, 12:33 AM EDT

Patrick ‘Showtime’ Kane busted Friday’s playoff game between the Chicago Blackhawks and Minnesota Wild wide open on Friday.

Kane scored twice in the third period, including an absolutely stunning goal in which he roofed a backhand top-shelf, short-side on Ilya Bryzgalov, to lift the Blackhawks to a 5-2 win over the visiting Wild. Chicago now leads the best-of-seven Western Conference second-round series 1-0.

The Blackhawks were able to recover after blowing a two-goal lead earlier in the third period.

Minnesota scored twice in the first seven minutes of the final period to tie the game at two-goals apiece. Comebacks have been a common theme in these playoffs, and again here in the second round. It looked as if this game might perhaps be headed for overtime.

But that was before Kane dazzled everyone with his talent and the Blackhawks eventually put this one away with three unanswered goals, including one into an empty net. Wild coach Mike Yeo pulled Bryzgalov for the extra attacker with over two minutes remaining in the game, echoing the strategy employed in the first round by Colorado Avalanche coach Patrick Roy.

It didn’t work out for the Wild, despite outshooting the Blackhawks 31-22 overall and 23-9 over the final two periods.

It wasn’t all good news for the Blackhawks. Forward Andrew Shaw left the game in the first period after taking a heavy hit along the boards from Minnesota defenseman Clayton Stoner. Shaw did not return.

  1. r8rbhawk - May 3, 2014 at 12:37 AM

    Sorry Wild fans, it doesn’t matter which of your platoon of goalies you put in net tonight, none of them were going to stop the goals that Chicago scored. Again, I like the compete of the Wild, they kept battling, but this game was really only close for about 10 minutes.

    • avsfan2014 - May 3, 2014 at 9:08 AM

      as a neutral fan, you are wrong. the hawks goals were mainly lame and they did very little worth noting outside the power play. the wild were far more sloppy (and you anticipate a let down after game 7). so why this game was even close (and how the wild outshot 3-2 is a wonder. this series will go 7.

      • cfos00 - May 3, 2014 at 9:29 AM

        What game were you watching? There are two other players who would have even had a chance at putting in the goal that Kaner scored (maybe Crosby and Datsyuk), the 4th goal was off a ridiculous pass to set up the open net, and the 2nd goal involved all five Hawks touching the puck or screening the goalie and was the epitome of a pretty goal and team hockey. If you didn’t like Kane’s top shelfer, flat out no goals will ever impress you (MN fans obviously excepted).

        Listen, we’re sorry for your loss. The Avs has a great year, and will be a good team for a long time. But you gotta let it go.

  2. idonthavethebloodyoucrave - May 3, 2014 at 12:38 AM

    lordfletcher, clarke16, ibeezy, strictly, slickvb, you guys catch the game tonight?

    • slickvb82 - May 3, 2014 at 2:25 AM

      I did you fukin loser, whats your point? The Wild had an opportunity to win it, Chicago is a great team and closed it out at home. Its one game you POS. Go fuk yourself!

      • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - May 3, 2014 at 2:26 AM

        Someone is mad.


      • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - May 3, 2014 at 2:30 AM

        It’s also pretty adorable that you thought the Wild actually had a chance to win it. Despite Chicago playing to a fraction of their potential, the Wild still had no chance.

        Those gold and green blinders are just absolutely adorable! Really! They are!

      • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - May 3, 2014 at 3:35 AM

        I think the Wild might have a chance at this one, honestly though. This could easily go 7 games.

    • lordfletcher - May 3, 2014 at 10:59 AM

      Yeah I watched a quality team that won the Stanley cup and bet the Wild last year win again… Game 1. Anything can happen. Wild could win in 7, lose in 4 who knows …

      Only thing we all know for certain is how pathetic your life is. HAHA. Every post you make, makes me smile as its just becoming laughable and sad.

      Go Wild! Step it up

      • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - May 3, 2014 at 12:00 PM

        Why so serious Fletchy?

        If the stars align at the right moment, the Wild may actually win a game in the series!

        Just think how awesome it will be to come on here and gloat about that, only to be shortly followed by how much of a dumbass you’ll be when they’re eliminated shortly after.

        Good times ahead! Chin up! Big boy pants on!

        Your scumbag in crime isn’t going to have the time to injure someone to tip this series in your favor. Hey, but you’ll always have each other!

      • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - May 3, 2014 at 12:00 PM

        Oh and don’t forget to vote yourself up on the way out …


      • lordfletcher - May 3, 2014 at 11:05 PM

        Far from serious buddy. I come here for entertainment and must thank you for all that you do.

        If the Wild lose so be it. Life goes on

        I’m not a Cooke fan. Not sure where you get this from. Clueless again

        Keep chirping. Makes me smile.

        Don’t care about thumbs up or down either. Bigger crap to worry about.

        Good night / cheers

    • strictlythedanks - May 3, 2014 at 12:42 PM

      I did, I watched a great game where the wild thouroughly outplayed the hawks for much of the game, but the hawks earned a W with clutch goals.

      Good to see you still have no life though!

    • strictlythedanks - May 3, 2014 at 4:31 PM

      Did you see the game bloodcraver? Or did you just check the boxscore?

      The wild getting eliminated sure seems to mean a whole lot to you and that speaks volumes about what a pathetic life you live.

      get a grip, get a life, grow a pair.

      • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - May 3, 2014 at 5:00 PM

        For a guy who says others have no life, you’re sure going out of your way to respond. =-)

        Like I said, I’m curious if it’s the excessive cold that makes you so stupid or you’re just one of those super believer fans that are in complete denial of the evidence for decades of failure and so “This year is our year! It’s just gotta! It’s just gotta!”

        Either way, your delusional homerism is still a slice of fried comedic gold. And the fact that you’ve shown that you lack basic human decency and sportsmanship in prior discussions, this is easy fun and certainly easy pickins’

        If the Blackhawks decide they wanna play at half their potential, your scrub club will be making golf reservations and you’ll finally be able to write those letters asking if your favorite scumbag can make an appearance at your summer camp!

        3 more wins! Can’t wait!

        It was even funnier knowing the Blackhawks played only up to a fraction of their potential and the Wild still couldn’t keep up.



      • strictlythedanks - May 3, 2014 at 5:42 PM

        jealousy is not a good look for you. You wanted the wild to lose to the avs. move on. You’ve proven your incompetence time and time again.

        How about you cheer for teams instead of resting your whole world on one team getting eliminated, its quite pathetic. The rest of us here are hockey fans rooting for a team, not attempting to belittle a team because they took your team out. That’s childs play. In the words of ochocinco, child please.

        Somone needs to give you that tampon you so desperately crave.

      • strictlythedanks - May 3, 2014 at 5:44 PM

        You would be happier to see the wild lose this series then most wild fan wild fans would be to see them win it. And for that, you are a butt hurt loser.

  3. prd797 - May 3, 2014 at 12:39 AM

    One of the closest 5-2 games I’ve seen.

    Wild took it to the Hawks in the second and got level…Kane just decide to take over the game.

    Going to a fun and a hard-fought series.

    Best of luck to both teams for the afternoon (evening for me!) game on Sunday.

    • avsfan2014 - May 3, 2014 at 9:10 AM

      too bad Kane couldn’t stand on his skates in Sochi.

  4. hardkor07mn - May 3, 2014 at 12:40 AM

    Kuemper please hurry back. Not that it was all on Bryz, but he just looks shaky. I think the Wild played well tonight, but they absolutely have to stay out of the penalty box! Oh yeah and HIT THE F$&@): NET

  5. hawkeytown - May 3, 2014 at 12:41 AM

    In a word….FILTHY. The kid flat-out seizes the moment. Concern now is health; Wild seem hellbent on taking a pound of Hawk flesh. Finish them quickly…

  6. luvmnsports2012 - May 3, 2014 at 12:41 AM

    Good game Hawks. Hopefully we get better luck next time! See you Sunday. GO WILD!!!

    • r8rbhawk - May 3, 2014 at 12:53 AM

      It was an exciting game for sure, however, regarding getting better luck… the first goal was as lucky a bounce as one can get. The second was an egregious mistake by Brandon Bollig not getting the puck deep resulting in a neutral zone turnover. Not sure how much better luck you are wanting.

  7. jpat2424 - May 3, 2014 at 12:44 AM

    Great victory Hawks fans!! Can’t wait to hear what. Bloodyyoucrave has to say go Bloody !!!

    • strictlythedanks - May 3, 2014 at 4:27 PM

      thats too funny. bloodyoucrave made another account to finally get herself some support.

  8. comeonnowguys - May 3, 2014 at 1:03 AM

    Chicago played a sloppy game and still won 5-2. Gotta take those where you can get them.

  9. viachicago22 - May 3, 2014 at 1:33 AM

    That first Kane goal was maybe the sickest goal I’ve ever seen. Just absolutely unbelievable skill.

  10. credible316 - May 3, 2014 at 1:50 AM

    Good game Hawks fans, see you Tuesday!

    GO WILD!!

  11. wjarvis - May 3, 2014 at 2:41 AM

    How was Crawford not named one of the three stars of this game?

    • alexbaymac - May 3, 2014 at 6:46 PM

      The two goals weren’t all on him for sure & I think he was fantastic for the entire game (INCLUDING those two; how many times did he & Johny stop it before that first one finally trickled in?) but giving up two goals pretty much takes you out of the stars. He was my #2 choice btw.

  12. blackhawks2010 - May 3, 2014 at 9:22 AM

    Sick top shelf. We are watching greatness folks! Kaner is the most electrifying player in the NHL right now, just sick.

    • florida727 - May 3, 2014 at 10:29 AM

      Been saying it for a long time… maybe not quite yet, but eventually I really do believe people will start putting Kane in the category of best of his era. His skills are incredible. I’m a Hawks fan, but he’s fun to watch regardless of your rooting interest. That’s how you know someone is special. Not comparing him to #99 but that’s how I thought of him too. Even as a Hawks fan, I’d tune in to watch Oilers games whenever I could.

  13. joey4id - May 3, 2014 at 9:38 AM

    mp1131211, are the Wild feeling the pressure now? No goalie, no win.

    • mp1131211 - May 3, 2014 at 2:25 PM

      The debate was never about if they could win without the right goalie. The argument was that the Wild have met the expectations for this season: to go further than last season. Plus, they came in as underdogs in Round 1, and won, and it was against the ‘miracle’ team. An impressive team and they looked sharp and dominated.

      If they get swept, no heads will roll. Bryz’s future with the Wild is on the line, but it is on the line whether they beat the Hawks, take the cup, or go home in 4 here. So to answer you Q: Are the wild feeling the pressure now? Well you’d have to ask them, but the pressure is not from the fans or the offices.

      • joey4id - May 3, 2014 at 6:41 PM

        the team and management should not be complacent if they want to make it to the next level of playoff combetivnessess. go for it now because making the playoffs next year is not a given.

      • mp1131211 - May 4, 2014 at 2:46 AM

        And they are. They just intentionally put more pressure in Bryz. Did you see that? Yes, the pressure is ratcheting up now. It was not there in game 1 like it will be from here on out.

      • joey4id - May 4, 2014 at 12:41 PM

        I did, and that’s exactly how you grow and learn. Every player on that team has to make sure they step up their compete level. Leadership starts wkth Koivu, Parise, Sutter and Pomminvile.

  14. earpaniac - May 3, 2014 at 10:07 AM

    This is what I’m talking about. The Wild are a very good team, they’re just not the Hawks. Not now, anyway. The Blackhawks played like crap, (except Crow) and still won. The series isn’t over, and I expect the Wild to win a game or two, but the result will be the same.

  15. luvmnsports2012 - May 3, 2014 at 10:15 AM

    I love how every thread is All about Chicago. Oh Hossa scored, oh, Kane goes top shelf. God NBC sucks off the Blackhawks! It’s Frickin annoying! Nothing about the Brodzy goal, or the one before tht! NBC has it’s mouth full of Blackhawks prematured load!! GO WILD!!!

    • hawksnation91 - May 6, 2014 at 4:50 PM

      No offense, but, that “Kane going top shelf” goal was unbelievable. It has to be one of the best, if not the best goal of the playoffs so far. The Wild’s goals weren’t really spectacular. The first one Oduya kicked in and the second was a two on one play in close.

  16. earpaniac - May 3, 2014 at 10:25 AM

    For the Wild, this was a game they needed to win if they are going to win the series, you can’t dominate a team like they did in that game and lose by 3.

    • mp1131211 - May 3, 2014 at 2:26 PM

      Uh… did you watch the Avs series?

  17. sburns20 - May 3, 2014 at 5:42 PM

    Minny goalies just aren’t going to able to keep up with Chicago, I think this might be a short series

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