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Showtime in overtime: Kane shocks Wild in Game 6, sends Chicago to conference finals

May 14, 2014, 12:21 AM EDT

During a post-game interview, Patrick Kane made the understatement that the Chicago Blackhawks were “probably fortunate” to win Game 6 against the Minnesota Wild 2-1 in overtime, ending the series in six games.

If the last couple games are any indication, the Blackhawks are absolutely fortunate that they employ Kane and Jonathan Toews.

The Blackhawks are on a ludicrous run (14-0) in series that have been tied 2-2 lately, but this one ranks up there in their robberies. Toews powered Chicago to a tough Game 5 win while Kane helped his team steal tonight’s game despite Minnesota carrying a significant amount of the play.

Simply put, there aren’t many players who could score the kind of goal Kane managed to win this game and end this series, let alone doing so in a high-pressure situation like this. The Blackhawks carry an almost unfair advantage in these situations; they have Toews’ mixture of grit and talent, Kane’s creativity and guys you can’t forget like Marian Hossa, Patrick Sharp, Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook.

You also cannot forget the work of Corey Crawford, especially on a night in which he made 34 out of 35 saves.

Actually, both goalies were brilliant at times on Tuesday, as Ilya Bryzgalov looked impressive at times in stopping 25 out of 27 shots. It’s easiest to summarize the high points of their nights in a clip that includes strong work for both netminders:

The Blackhawks push their bid for back-to-back champions to the Western Conference finals while the Wild fall to Chicago for the second year in a row. Let this be clear, though: Minnesota obviously made some huge steps toward making this a rivalry instead of merely a recurring playoff matchup.

For now, Chicago can enjoy the perks of rolling out Kane and Toews, however.

  1. sharksfan754 - May 14, 2014 at 12:24 AM

    Patrick Kane is my favorite player to watch. I think he’s the most dynamic player out there now from an offensive standpoint. His hands are simply the best

    • endusersolutions2013 - May 14, 2014 at 4:16 AM

      Hands, skating, vision, hockey sense – he has it all (well mostly, I’d rather have Andy Shaw, Ben Smith, or blast from the past, Big Buff “posting up” in front of the net. ). have PK

    • joey4id - May 14, 2014 at 8:58 AM

      Most importantly the kid is a big time gamer. Comes big when the lights shine on brightest.

    • gnashty - May 14, 2014 at 9:10 AM

      All this guy does is score game winning goals in the playoffs. DAMMIT! Flyers should have him -_-

      • goodolejr - May 14, 2014 at 9:32 AM

        It’s cool, at least we sill have James Van..Riems…you know, never mind.

      • gnashty - May 14, 2014 at 10:56 AM

        -_____-

    • dwadholm - May 14, 2014 at 9:30 AM

      More importantly though…he was not the star of this game. Not hating on Kane, but it was all Crawford all night.

    • imleftcoast - May 14, 2014 at 12:45 PM

      I’ve seen him score better ones (so many against Luongo), but the timing again. Did that reporter ask if he’d ever scored in OT again? That was a classic in lack of preparation.

  2. sprtsfan1 - May 14, 2014 at 12:24 AM

    Big game by Crow. Lady Luck on the Hawks side tonight. Hellavu series against a true up and coming Wild team that will be good for a long time. Bryz just may have earned himself another job in the NHL. It’s been real Minnesota, but time to move toward the repeat!!! Go Hawks!!!!

    • strictlythedanks - May 14, 2014 at 12:27 AM

      good luck thanks for the class

      • sprtsfan1 - May 14, 2014 at 12:31 AM

        Yessir! I love you Minnesota fans. You’re awesome hockey fans who should have never been without a team.

    • lordfletcher - May 14, 2014 at 12:58 AM

      I am just so let down by the two goals that happened tonight, lucky bounces but that’s the way it goes. Great job by Kane to take advantage but my God, come on glass!!!! happened right next to my face to at the X.

      sigh.. want to cry

      No doubt the Hawks have the top end talent but the Wild really brought 4 lines to the party. Trade Koivu, promote Haula!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      theres always next year – signed Minnesota sports fan

      • clarke16 - May 14, 2014 at 1:41 AM

        Yeah–Koivu just doesn’t have the legs anymore–too slow even when he moves them and the tell-tale sign–the legs and hands can’t move at the same time anymore…

        I’m guessing Moulson becomes the fall-back if a deal with Vanek doesn’t materialize. They definitely need another goal scorer. That was the difference in this series…

        I tip my hat to Bryz… The man came through. I look for Chuck to put a two year deal in front of him for a platoon assignment next season between he/Keumper.

    • endusersolutions2013 - May 14, 2014 at 4:25 AM

      Several concurrig thoughts – one at a time. Wild were much improved over last year. I do stats, and it was more than stats. They progressed enough that their ultra conservative gave them more room offensively. Defensive pressure was major. And they overcame huge goalie challenges.

      Last year they stumbled into the playoffs, this year they finished strong, and the results speak for themselves both years.

    • endusersolutions2013 - May 14, 2014 at 4:28 AM

      I got to see most of the 2nd, all of the 3rd and OT. Cory C has been way “over cheapshotted/ridiculed/second guessed” this year after his big contract.

      And he has progressively turned it up. Obviously no “softies” tonight, and loads of great 1st and 2nd saves. He had a HUGE role in keeping them IN the game until PK could win it.

  3. icelovinbrotha215 - May 14, 2014 at 12:24 AM

    Kane = clutch. I will never get over the fact that he should have been a Flyer ha. CHI looks poised to make it 3 Cups in 5 years. Not too shabby.

    • endusersolutions2013 - May 14, 2014 at 4:31 AM

      ANd be in the WC finals 4 years out of 6.

  4. r8rbhawk - May 14, 2014 at 12:25 AM

    ABC, Always Be Closing, well the Blackhawks have done it again. First off, Minny played a helluva series, back in games 1-2 I was not really nervous of the outcome, however as the series dragged on that changed real fast, I have no nails left, do they have press ons for guys? Crow stole the game, made up for his poor play in game 4. Honestly Wild fans/Blackhawk haters, how nervous were you every time 88 touched the puck? It just seemed like it was only a matter of time. How about that roof job?

    Bryz played a great series, no need to pile on him. Cooke had a good impact on the series as well, he always seemed to be around the puck. That Smith, Versteeg, Regin line looked good, huh? Hopefully they played well enough to keep Bollig in street clothes.

    No need to hang your heads Wild fans, they played well, they just got a lesson of what it takes to be a champion. On to the next round boys!

    • clarke16 - May 14, 2014 at 1:00 AM

      Thanks–it’s been fun jousting with you guys. All the best to the hawks moving forward!

  5. credible316 - May 14, 2014 at 12:25 AM

    Good game, great series.

    Future looks really bright for the Wild, see you next year!

    Go WILD and FFFFOOOOORRRREEEE!!!!!!!!!

  6. gret9 - May 14, 2014 at 12:25 AM

    Great goal by Kane, but Crow was the difference. Without him, they are getting ready for Game 7. Congrats to the Wild fans on a great season. Your team is only going to get better.

    Go Blackhawks!

  7. strictlythedanks - May 14, 2014 at 12:25 AM

    Crawford is a lot better goalie then I thought he was. He essentially stole this game along with the hockey gods giving the hawks fortunate bounces on their goals.

    Good luck hawks going forward that was a great series, Wild will have their time to get further in the very near future.

    What a division the central is.

    • comeonnowguys - May 14, 2014 at 12:29 AM

      Seriously. Next year will be ridiculous.

      • sprtsfan1 - May 14, 2014 at 12:34 AM

        Ugh! Chicago’s collective ulcer is bleeding

    • endusersolutions2013 - May 14, 2014 at 4:44 AM

      Picking up on the Central Division point. Jeff Sagarin is an overall sports stats gook (NCAA is influenced by his work). And he does not try to get sport-specific issues – 5 on 5, SOG differential…

      But if you look at the conference ratings (towards the bottom), and the fact that the Central had 5 of the top 15 (and the only division to have 5 teams in the playoffs, despite only having 7 teams) is a clear indication of the toughnes of the division. Look at the strength of schedule ratings associated with the teams as well.

  8. idonthavethebloodyoucrave - May 14, 2014 at 12:27 AM

    If they had Suter on the ice that would have never happened !!!

    • blkeskimo1785 - May 14, 2014 at 12:45 AM

      Not sure if you’re trolling, or serious.

      • strictlythedanks - May 14, 2014 at 1:14 AM

        shes always trollin

  9. imgoingtowichita - May 14, 2014 at 12:28 AM

    Agreed about the hands, sharkfan. Magic!

  10. comeonnowguys - May 14, 2014 at 12:28 AM

    Tip of the cap to the Wild. Tougher series than St. Louis.

    I think it is time for people–especially Hawk fans–to get off of Crawfordsville back.

    Second tip of the cap.

    • comeonnowguys - May 14, 2014 at 12:28 AM

      Auto correct can choke on a semicolon and die.

      • blackhawksdynasty - May 14, 2014 at 12:35 AM

        That’s the funniest thing I’ve read on here in a long time

      • r8rbhawk - May 14, 2014 at 12:39 AM

        lol, I thought maybe Crawfordsville was a new nickname for him that I didn’t know about but I just played it cool like I knew all along.

  11. blackhawksdynasty - May 14, 2014 at 12:28 AM

    Congrats to Minnesota on a great season and even better series. Wild fans should be proud and extremely excited for the future. Hard to dislike that team. Their work ethic is second to none, with passionate fans to match. I look forward to future series between these teams – although my cardiologist might disagree…

    • strictlythedanks - May 14, 2014 at 12:41 AM

      Haha ya feel like I lost a year of my life watching this game….good luck to the hawks!

  12. jpat2424 - May 14, 2014 at 12:30 AM

    I know kaner scored the series winner ….. But hawks fans Crawford should get all the glory

    • slickvb82 - May 14, 2014 at 12:34 AM

      He played great! Clutch performance all series (well maybe the one bad game)

    • 2difshoe - May 14, 2014 at 10:21 AM

      As the ” Crow” flies, so does the ” Hawk ! “

  13. slysipops - May 14, 2014 at 12:31 AM

    WOW ! …………………….

    • slysipops - May 14, 2014 at 12:33 AM

      KANER…………… i appologize for all the bad stuff i said ! it was construtive criticism !

  14. slickvb82 - May 14, 2014 at 12:33 AM

    Congrats to the Hawks and good luck moving on! Such a great series and I’m extremely happy with our MN Wilds season. They showed they are more than capable of competing with the best and we are continuing in the right direction!

    Until next year!

  15. wildfan247 - May 14, 2014 at 12:35 AM

    Great game, great series, but the better team won. Tough to shut down everyone on an elite team like the Hawks. That said, I’m so loving what the Wild brought to the table this year, especially come playoff time, they REALLY stepped it up. Cya next year!

    • sprtsfan1 - May 14, 2014 at 12:43 AM

      Great series, you guys are gonna be good for a long time. Looking like the Hawks of 2009! Hopefully you can keep the group together.

    • avsfan2014 - May 14, 2014 at 7:24 AM

      That’s about the only thing that DIDNT happen if you want a neutral opinion. The better team did not win the series. BUT the team with experience and respect generally pulls it off, that’s just the way it goes.

      • sprtsfan1 - May 14, 2014 at 9:18 AM

        No, pretty sure the better team win the series. Hence the reason a team needs to win 4 games. Good luck with those theories though. Timely scoring, clutch goaltending, and a little bit of luck is what wins Stanley Cups. Not shots on goal or scoring chances for that matter.

  16. getadealdonealready - May 14, 2014 at 12:40 AM

    VERY BAD WORDS……..is what I want to say. Congrats to the Hawks, Kane’s Clutch play and Crawford’s play tonight were the difference. A sincere wish of GOOD LUCK, I don’t want to see a So Cal team playing for the cup!

    I was impressed with the Wild’s play tonight, but just couldn’t get a bounce, or have a clutch performer in Kane’s class.

    Until next year!

  17. slysipops - May 14, 2014 at 12:43 AM

    hats off to the WILD fans for the classy series closing comments ! this series was a nail-biter all the way ! also classy comments on the NHL channel by the WILD players ! one of those series where it so bad that one team had to lose !

    • parasolmonster - May 14, 2014 at 1:54 AM

      Hey Blomfeld !

      • slysipops - May 14, 2014 at 5:39 PM

        AGAIN ….there is only one slysipops……..that would be me ! but i guess if doing some wanabee spy work amuses some of you …..go for it !

  18. rgledz - May 14, 2014 at 12:45 AM

    Bitter sweet…..I’m happy for the win, but feel bad for a really solid Wild squad. Great series all the way around, great rivalry renewed. I hope to see Bryz in a Wild sweater next season. He deserves it, he played well and stood tall for his team. Much respect. Go Hawks!

  19. blomfeld - May 14, 2014 at 12:54 AM

    BE ‘PROUD’ WILD FRIENDS …

    for ‘yours’ is a team on the warpath and you will get your revenge in due course ! :)

    _______________________________________________________________

    *** somewhere out on the great plain ***

    Ten Bears: brother, it appears that our friends the Wild have been sadly silenced ?

    Crazy Dog: yeah and check this out ! … Quenneville’s soldiers are now heading straight for us !

    Blom Feather: that is good …

    • blackhawksdynasty - May 14, 2014 at 1:13 AM

      Blom Feather? I thought your Indian name was Squatting Dog

      • endusersolutions2013 - May 14, 2014 at 5:03 AM

        And the relevance/point? Are you going for Hawks/Hawks fans ae presumptuous? And how would that not equally apply to some Kings fans.

    • indianhead1992 - May 14, 2014 at 2:23 AM

      I would not say “that is good”…. they Hawks are 3-0 against the Kings and made Quick not look so Quick last year.

  20. slickvb82 - May 14, 2014 at 1:02 AM

    Reading these comments is whats so great about hockey! Similar to the players in the series, we as fans can have disagreements, talk some trash, so on but when its over its all respect and congratulations!

    True class from both organizations fans!

    • tone360 - May 14, 2014 at 1:52 AM

      Kind of like the NBA… said no one ever.

  21. earpaniac - May 14, 2014 at 1:03 AM

    I said Hawks in 6, but that was the closest 4-2 series I can remember. Nice series Wild. What it came down to is our 2 big stars showed up, yours didn’t. Crawford is a lot better than people give him credit for. And I don’t want to see one person blame Bryz for this series, or this game. No goalie on Earth could’ve stopped that last shot.

    • strictlythedanks - May 14, 2014 at 1:16 AM

      yup no blame on bryz, by far the closest 6 game series Ive ever seen

      • sprtsfan1 - May 14, 2014 at 1:26 AM

        Pretty close, last years finals were pretty damn close as well.

  22. indianhead1992 - May 14, 2014 at 2:20 AM

    What a series! Minnesota really proved themselves as possible division contenders after this series. If they can get a goalie that can play a full season, they will be fighting for the division from here on out.
    The Wild and Hawks will be a great rivalry going forward but I don’t see it getting nasty. It reminds of the Hawks v Red Wings rivalry of late. The Wild will have to prove themselves to the Mighty Hawks every year and it will be a joy to watch.
    You guys are 1 healthy goaltender and one more scorer away from being on of the best in the west. The one player that really stood out to me, was Coyle. He is fast, strong on the puck, and plays with a lot of heart. He is going to have an “A” on his sweater soon.
    From what I saw this series, I believe that the Wild should trade Koivu and get another scorer. They should move on from his era and give the “C” to Parise or Suter, and the other “A” to Coyle. But what do I know, I don’t follow them. Just a thought. Great series, see ya next year Wild!

    GO HAWKS! REPEAT IS HALF WAY DONE!

    • clarke16 - May 14, 2014 at 12:09 PM

      Pominville will be the next Captain in my opinion. He epitomizes everything they’re trying to build this team into…and has the utmost respect from those in the room–always working–always trying to help the younger players understand the game. Haula credits the *light going on* from playing with Pommer…and it’s no surprise to Vanek what having a player with the vision of Pominville does for your game…

  23. tripps3 - May 14, 2014 at 7:30 AM

    Lots of respect for the Wild from this Hawks fan.

  24. titansbro - May 14, 2014 at 7:52 AM

    Bruins fans even love Pat Kane. The dude is freaking nasty. If I was going to buy a non-Bruins jersey it would be Kane.

  25. 311sucks - May 14, 2014 at 8:42 AM

    lots of respect to this wild team.. from a preds fan. i still miss suter :~(

    • clarke16 - May 14, 2014 at 12:12 PM

      We ALL missed Suter for much of the playoffs… ;)

      These past eight games or so weren’t his best stretch. No knock on him–with his minutes all year he’s got to be tired…and he certainly has played like it recently…

      • 311sucks - May 16, 2014 at 2:10 PM

        yeah rightfully so. he’s an excellent player and hopefully he can rest up this summer and have another great year.

  26. joey4id - May 14, 2014 at 8:55 AM

    Good for Minny on their run, but the Hawks were just too strong for them. Never a doubt who would win this series.

    joey4id | May 1, 2014, 12:07 PM EDT
    “Hawks (5) – goaltending, killer gamers, and one of the best defensive systems with attention to details, plus playoff experience”

  27. skeeterbarnes - May 14, 2014 at 10:23 AM

    Great game & series by both squads, especially the goalies. I could not help noticing that Kane beat Matt Cooke’s backchecking effort…poetic justice maybe?

    That Central Division is an absolute beast. How the heck are Winnipeg and Nashville going to crack into that upper echelon?

  28. dontsayweunlessyouareplaying - May 14, 2014 at 10:41 AM

    As a Hawks fan I can honestly say the Wild won these games, even if the score says different. These Hawks are far too talented to be playing this sloppy on offense. If it were not for a few (way too many) blocked shots with the goal wide open this game in particular would have gone a much different direction. Crawford was fantastic but when he got agressive he left the goal WIDE open. I don’t put this on him as his team should never let the Wild get so many opportunities. If they want to win another Cup they better pull their heads out of their @$$e$ and show up for the entire game. Hats off to the Wild for a tough series, much better team than most Hawks fans gave them credit for. Now can the CRAWFORD chant be sidelined for a while? Just as bad as a kids baseball game saying HEY BATTER BATTER, lol.

    • parasolmonster - May 14, 2014 at 11:25 AM

      “If they want to win another Cup they better pull their heads out of their @$$e$ and show up for the entire game.”

      Truth right there. Hawks may be moving on, but they have a lot of things to correct going forward. They looked halfway decent at times during their three games at the UC this series, but looked like shells of themselves at the X. They can’t seem to sustain offensive pressure for longer than a few seconds and are making some of the most boneheaded turnovers I’ve seen them make in years. Honestly, each of those three away games looked like 45-minute penalty kills.

      Kudos to the Wild. Like Liam Neeson, they have a particular set of skills… and those skills seem to offset a lot of what the Hawks like to do. Nice budding rivalry growing right in front of our eyes. Let’s do it again next year!

      • clarke16 - May 14, 2014 at 12:17 PM

        It’s called *COACHING*. Very impressed with the adjustments Yeo/his staff made in the break after the first two games to frustrate the Hawks game while opening his own up. He’s developing nicely and going to be a keeper…

        I expect a new round of three year deals for Yeo and his assistants will be announced soon…

  29. tved12 - May 14, 2014 at 1:01 PM

    Great game, great series, good season for the Wild. I was especially proud to be a fan of this team last night, they put on quite a show.

    Too bad we couldn’t pull this one out, but I’m looking forward to what’s to come. This young core seems to be getting better and better. A step in the right direction this season, hopefully next season we come back even stronger.

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