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.
Jun 3, 2015, 9:55 AM EDT
He felt Anaheim’s structure “went right out the window” towards the end of the Western Conference Final.
Jun 3, 2015, 9:01 AM EDT
He wasn’t talking about the first overall selection.
Jun 3, 2015, 8:08 AM EDT
Wednesday’s collection of links.
Jun 3, 2015, 1:15 AM EDT
He remains the front runner to fill the spot left by Mike Babcock.
Jun 3, 2015, 12:01 AM EDT
The club is also working on a deal for Andrej Sekera.
Jun 2, 2015, 10:30 PM EDT
The club is bringing in outside help to deal with the off-ice issues.
Jun 2, 2015, 9:30 PM EDT
He was given permission to explore other opportunities.
Jun 2, 2015, 8:30 PM EDT
The defenseman signed a six-year, $33 million extension on Tuesday.
Jun 2, 2015, 7:30 PM EDT
His one-year contract is set to expire next month.
Jun 2, 2015, 6:19 PM EDT
He was set to become an unrestricted free agent next month.
Jun 2, 2015, 5:08 PM EDT
“You need young players to succeed in this day and age.”
Jun 2, 2015, 5:03 PM EDT
“It’s nice to score a goal every once in a while.”
Jun 2, 2015, 4:15 PM EDT
On Tuesday, the veteran forward reminisced about his 10 years in Chicago.
Jun 2, 2015, 4:00 PM EDT
He was a rookie in 2000 when his Stars lost to the Devils.
Jun 2, 2015, 3:23 PM EDT
Anaheim has the cap space to make that happen.
Jun 2, 2015, 3:04 PM EDT
“You’ve got to take care of the time you have in front of you.”
Jun 2, 2015, 2:24 PM EDT
He also might enter the season on the hot seat.
Jun 2, 2015, 1:49 PM EDT
“We let them hang around too long, and they bit us.”
Jun 2, 2015, 1:41 PM EDT
Still, he doesn’t think much of the idea of making the nets smaller.
Jun 2, 2015, 1:25 PM EDT
Stanley Cup media got off to a rather complimentary start.
- Habs sign Petry to a six-year, $33 million extension 20
- ‘Home-grown talent’ a staple of Blackhawks and Lightning 5
- A holdover from the ‘dark days,’ does Sharp have a future in Chicago? 51
- Bishop: ‘Taller guys…can be just as athletic as the smaller guys’ 6
- Tire pump? Yzerman says Toews is ‘bigger, stronger, better’ than he was 22
- Devils officially announce John Hynes, becomes youngest NHL coach 9
- PHT arrives in Tampa, gets soaked (oh, and today is Media Day) 6
- Ex-Leafs goalie Pogge eyeing North American return 5
- Poll: Should the Ducks fire Boudreau? 87
- Zuccarello (brain contusion, skull fracture) was unable to speak after injury 28
- ‘Hawks rise to occasion in Game 7, head to SCF for third time in six years (95)
- Poll: Should the Ducks fire Boudreau? (87)
- Bolts strike Stanley Cup Final berth thanks to Game 7 win over Rangers (76)
- Is it fair to hold cap teams to old dynasty standards? (74)
- Duchene slams Russian players for storming off after Canada’s 2015 WHC win (65)