Blackhawks Win Thriller in 2OT, Force Game 6 in Chicago
It took 83 minutes and seven seconds to decide a winner, but at 12:27 a.m., in double overtime, Patrick Kane played the role of hero once again and gave the Blackhawks their much-needed win on a beauty of an OT goal. It was Patrick Kane’s 5th playoff overtime winner of his career and, right now, it’s hard to believe he’s scored bigger goals than this.
The Blues and Blackhawks were both held scoreless in the first period as the Blues outshot the Hawks 6-4. Both teams were held without a penalty in the first period as well which resulted in a rather boring opening 20 minutes to the game.
In the second period, the action started right off the bat as Blackhawks defenseman David Rundblad drew a penalty less than one minute into the period. The Blackhawks killed off the penalty and five minutes later, Blues forward Jori Lehtara was called for slashing Marcus Kruger. The Blackhawks could not convert on that power play and the game remained scoreless halfway through the second period. The Blues drew their second power play of the night after Artem Anisimov was called for tripping. On the penalty kill, Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa found the puck on his stick and rifled one past Brian Elliot for the short-handed goal to give the Hawks a 1-0 lead.
Just 63 seconds later while the Blues were still on the power play, Jaden Schwartz skated in and fired shot past Crawford on the glove sides to even up the game a one goal apiece. With 4:36 to play in the second period, Anisimov grabbed a rebound from an Artemi Panarin shot and buried it in the back of the net to give the Hawks a 2-1 lead.
With 7.4 seconds to play in the second period, Jonathan Toews lost an offensive zone draw, Kane skated to retrieve the puck from behind the net and fired a pass to Panarin who one-timed the puck past Elliott to score as the time expired in the period. Upon further review, the puck crossed the goal line with 0.4 seconds left to give the Blackhawks a 3-1 lead heading into the third period.
Just under 7 minutes into the third, Blues forward Robby Fabbri scored his first goal of his postseason career as he let go of a shot that snuck past Crawford who was screened by players in front. As time was winding down, Alex Pietrangelo fired a puck from the blue line that took a crazy bounce off the stick of David Backes and beat Crawford to give the Blues their third goal of the game and tie it 3-3. The next 5 minutes would proof futile as neither team could score and for the second time of the series, the Blues and Blackhawks were heading to overtime.
In the first overtime period, the Blues dominated play for the opening 5 minutes and outshot the Blackhawks 5-0 in that time period. Corey Crawford made several big saves to keep the Hawks playoff hopes alive and keep the Blues from clinching the series on home ice. The Blues outshot the Hawks 11-7 in overtime, although it felt like the Blues dominated the play much more than the score sheet shows. Despite all the action from the Blues and the Blackhawks, neither team netted the game winner and for the first time in the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Blues and Blackhawks were heading to double overtime.
Just 3:07 into the second overtime, Patrick Kane fired a shot at Brian Elliot, skated all the way around the net, grabbed the rebound and tapped the puck home to give the Blackhawks the 4-3 win in Game 5 and keep their season alive.
The Blackhawks take on the Blues in Game 6 on Saturday night in Chicago at 7 p.m. central time. Should the Blackhawks win Game 6 as well, St. Louis will host Game 7 on Monday night with the time still left to be determined.