Patrick “Showtime” Kane scores a big goal in double overtime to win game 5 against the St. Louis Blues on Thursday night and force a game 6 in Chicago on Saturday.

This series has been, for all intensive purposes, a rough one for the boys in red. This win is only the second in the series for the Chicago Blackhawks as they are currently down 3-2 to St. Louis and were facing elimination if they didn’t pull out a big game on the road. Luckily, they did just that. All though the stats only show 35 shots on goal for the visitors, they played a very physical game and did what they could to knock Blues’ goalie, Brian Elliott, off of his game.

The first period ended without a goal for either side, but definitely embodied the mutual hostility that this series has come to possess. With the tainted past these two teams share, it’s no wonder that this series is more than just a gateway into round two of the Stanley Cup playoffs. It’s redemption.

Period two showcased this in many ways. Each side bumped up their hit count and, inevitably, their time spent in the penalty box. The first goal didn’t hit the back of the net until more than halfway through the second set. Forward, Marian Hossa, scored on a shorthanded breakaway and put the Hawks up 1-0. Unfortunately, Jaden Schwartz responded not even a minute later on the same power play and evened the score to 1-1. Later in the period, former line-mates Artem Anisimov and Artemi Panarin both got goals of their own to make the score 3-1 going into the second intermission.

Seeing that this tied for the biggest lead the Hawks have had in the series, the team looked confident when they stepped back on the ice for period three. All was going according to plan until around the six-minute mark when, Blues’ forward, Alex Pietrangelo set up teammate Robby Fabbri and got one past Corey Crawford to cut their deficit in half. Not only that, but, scoring chances for the Hawks were few and far between, as they spent most of their time in their own zone coming down the stretch. With nearly five minutes to go in regulation, Blues’ captain David Backes, deflected one up and over Crawford to tie the game. This was make or break for Chicago, as the home team had a two-game advantage in the series and could send the Blackhawks home and out of contention for the cup. With no room for errors, they locked down and held the score to 3-3 ending regulation in a tie and forcing another 20 minutes of play.

Each team knew what was at stake and played as such throughout the first overtime. The score remained the same after 20, however, and required a second overtime to decide the game. Facing a possible elimination, Chicago knew that they were going to need something special to win the game. As luck would have it, that came in the form of Patrick Kane. The Hawks’ forward found the back of the net on a wraparound goal, and won the ever-important game 5; taking the series to six and back to the United Center, where Blackhawks fans eagerly await a much needed win.

 

 

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