Chi 1 0 0 1 2
Min 0 1 0 0 1
Date of game: 5/13/2014

Recap: Minnesota vs. Chicago

St. Paul, MN ( - Patrick Kane's tally at 9:42 of overtime was the game and series winner, as the Chicago Blackhawks claimed a 2-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild in Game 6 of this Western Conference semifinal.

Minnesota outplayed Chicago through the first half of the extra session, but the final break went to the defending champions. A point shot from Brent Seabrook hit the stanchion behind the Wild net and bounced back into play. Peter Regin missed the puck on the right side, but Kane trailed and lifted a backhander under the crossbar to end the best-of-seven set.

The 25-year-old native of Buffalo collected his fourth career overtime marker, and his third series-concluding OT winner after netting the winner in Game 6 of the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals and the decider in Game 5 of last year's Western final.

Kris Versteeg also scored and Corey Crawford came up with 34 saves for the Blackhawks, who claimed a 4-2 series win and await the winner of the Kings- Ducks battle in the conference finals.

"They played hard and they never quit against us," said Crawford. "It felt like they just kept coming harder and harder as the series went on."

Erik Haula picked up the lone goal for the Wild, while Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 25 shots in the season-ending setback.

Minnesota stood an excellent chance of taking a potential Game 7 back in Chicago, having topped Colorado in the first round in Denver and winning both Game 7s on the road during its surprising 2003 postseason run.

Less than two minutes after the opening faceoff, Chicago took the lead. Versteeg sent a shot from the goal line on the right wing into the crease, but the puck caromed off bodies in front, popped into the air and dropped behind Bryzgalov.

Haula tied the game at 2:29 of the second period, when he chased down a long pass from Matt Cooke, flipped the disc beyond the reach of Blackhawks defenseman Johnny Oduya and beat Crawford on the forehand.

The goaltenders dueled for the duration.

Patrick Sharp was stoned on a clean breakaway by Bryzgalov with just under seven minutes played in the second period, then Justin Fontaine was denied from the right wing seconds later.

Crawford remained upright in his crease and flashed his right pad inside of six minutes left before the second intermission when Cody McCormick whipped around and shot the puck from the slot.

"He's a very good goalie," Wild winger Zach Parise said of Crawford. "We shot, tried to get traffic in front of him and screen him. We had great opportunities, we had breakaways, we hit posts. We just couldn't get that second one."

Minnesota was given a golden chance to take the lead on a power play with 7:05 gone in the third, when Chicago blueliner Niklas Hjalmarsson appeared to shoot a puck out of play in his own zone. Replays suggested it may have been deflected on the way out.

The Blackhawks defense used active sticks and positioning to close off passing lanes and block shots throughout, but Crawford still had to stop Charlie Coyle on a stuffer attempt from the left side.

Crawford had to make four saves under heavy pressure on the Wild's first two shifts of overtime, including two in close from Keith Ballard and Haula.

Game Notes

Chicago upped its overtime record to 3-2 in the 2014 postseason, having won its last three games to proceed beyond regulation ... Kane and Jonathan Toews have accounted for seven of the Blackhawks' eight-game winning goals through two rounds ... Minnesota ends this year's playoffs with a 2-2 overtime mark ... Ballard returned to the lineup after a one-game absence with a suspected upper-body injury after absorbing a check from behind by Chicago's Brandon Bollig in Game 4. Bollig served the second of his two-game suspension for the hit ... Since the 2009 playoffs, the Blackhawks have won 14 straight contests when a series is knotted at two games apiece.

Three RBs added to Payton Award Watch List

Five weeks into the FCS season, the picture of which players stand out above the rest in terms of both statistics and value is coming into focus.

The Inside Line: Stewart still coping with tragedy

Seven weeks after his involvement in an accident that took the life of Kevin Ward Jr. during a sprint car race on a dirt track in Upstate New York, Tony Stewart continues to deal with emotions surrounding the tragic incident.

Tigers 1B Cabrera named AL Player of the Month

For the second straight month, a Detroit Tigers player has earned Player of the Month honors in the junior circuit. This time, it's first baseman Miguel Cabrera, named on Tuesday.

Nothin' but Net: Coaching hot seat already burning

With NBA Media Day barely behind us, it's perfect fair and reasonable to already speculate as to which coaches will be fired soonest.

2014-15 Philadelphia Flyers Preview

Can Craig Berube lay the foundation for a success by getting his players to buy in right from training camp, and shake off the stigma of placing a former enforcer in a position of power as an NHL head coach?

Latest Sports Photos
Latest Sports Photos
0 Votes
Team CHOCOLATE MILK member Owen Hammond recovers post-race with lowfat chocolate milk after finishing 140.6 miles at IRONMAN Chattanooga.

0 Votes
a skydiver was injured when attempting to land in a pre game show at the Lookouts opening game on 4/3/2014

0 Votes
SEC Champions Alabama created by artist Ben Teeter S/N C.O.A. available for the dedicated Alabama fan!

1 Vote
first catch of the season looks like a good year

0 Votes
Gina McLeroy Spring City, TN

0 Votes
Our Son Brandon McLeroy MTSU Football 2011 Gina McLeroy Spring City TN

1 Vote
this is James Howard telling Gracie what to do.

0 Votes
Riverbend fun!

0 Votes
I nees a four letter word for the outside layer of a tree.

0 Votes
Cameron is a rising athlete. He has a God given talent for the game of football. This picture is of him stopping the ball carrier in our game in the ...
Featured Partners
The newly modeled East Ridge Residence is a must see with its spacious comfortable apartments. Plus, 3 delicious meals daily, geriatric physician, home healthcare services and fun festive activities. Schedule your visit today!
Together we can make a confident retirement possible. Simply click to get started with your private wealth advisor. Talk to Jimmy Scotchie, Certified Financial Planner.
Get started at $79.99 a month for 12 months. Plus, get a $75 VISA® Prepaid card.
Supermarket Guru
From The Archives
Scenic City Roots
Through Irish Eyes
Brand News
Prime Mashup
What's Trending
Megan Wise Goes Outside
Stay Connected with WDEF News 12
Inergize Digital This site is hosted and managed by Inergize Digital.