Kane's goal defeats Blues in overtime, evens series 2-2

News-DemocratApril 24, 2014 

Patrick Kane's second goal of the night came with 8:43 remaining in overtime Wednesday as the Chicago Blackhawks evened their best-of-seven playoff series against the St. Louis Blues with a 4-3 victory in Game 4.

It marked the third overtime games in the first four games of the series, now tied 2-2 with Game 5 set for Friday at Scottrade Center in St. Louis.

All three of the overtime games were tied 3-3 at the end of regulation. The defending Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks won both games in Chicago after losing the first two games of the series in St. Louis.

After the Blues had good pressure in the Chicago end, the Blackhawks broke out and Kane had room to maneuver. He waited patiently, then snapped a shot past Blues goalie Ryan Miller for the game-winner.

Trailing 2-0 late in the second period, the Blues got goals from Vladimir Tarasenko and Maxim Lapierre to tie it 2-2 before the period ended.

After goals by Andrew Shaw and Kane put the Blackhawks on top, they nearly made it 3-0 before Miller came out of his net to poke the puck away on another chance for Shaw.

A Blues team that had gone 1-for-20 on the power play in the series finally got its sccond goal on its 21st opportunity. Tarasenko scored his third goal of the series with 1:09 remaining in the period after Vladimir Sobotka won a faceoff.

Tarasenko's goal ended a scoreless streak of 98 minutes, 51 seconds by the Blues, who were shut out 2-0 in Game 3.

The Blues kept pushing hard and netted the equalizer when Steve Ott worked a pass back to Lapierre. Lapierre's shot went off the post, then off Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford before going in with just under four seconds remaining in the period.

It was the third time during the series the Blues had scored a goal to tie a game in the final two minutes of a period and the second time they did it in the closing seconds.

Tarasenko scored his second of the night and NHL-leading fourth of the playoffs at 12:26 of the third period to put the Blues on top. Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo blocked a shot, then got the puck ahead to Tarasenko, who fired a sizzling wrist shot past Crawford with Duncan Keith in pursuit.

Chicago's Bryan Bickell tied it on a deflection in front with 3:52 remaining in regulation, tipping in a shot by Michal Roszival.

That's the way it stayed until Kane won it in overtime.

Shaw's power-play goal 8:40 into the second period put the Blackhawks on top. Kane took a cross-ice pass from Jonny Oduya that made its way through two Blues defenders and scored on an easy tap-in to make it 2-0.

On its first goal, Chicago worked the puck low after a faceoff win and Pietrangelo seemed to have the stick knocked out of his hands by Hawks captain Jonathan Toews.

Toews got off a shot and Shaw scored on the rebound.

Outshot 13-8 in the opening period by the Blackhawks, the Blues leaned heavily on Miller and his acrobatic stops to maintain some semblance of composure.

Miller stopped Kane following a turnover by T.J. Oshie, then robbed Patrick Sharp on a rebound although it appeared to come after the whistle had blown.

A rough and tumble exchange between Ott and former Blues center Michal Handzus led to a Chicago power play. Ott picked up two penalties to Handzus' one, but the Blues killed it off.

Blues coach Ken Hitchcock was coy while meeting with reporters Wednesday afternoon before Game 4, never coming out and saying whether Blues captain David Backes would play or not.

Backes did not participate in the morning skate and indeed was scratched from the Game 4 lineup.

He was injured on a shot to the head by Chicago defenseman Brent Seabrook late in the third period of Game 2. Seabrook has sat out two games of a three-game suspension.

Miller began the night having allowed four goals on his previous 87 shots, a .954 save percentage, after allowing three goals on the first seven shots of the series.

Hitchcock told reporters Wednesday that veteran Blues forward Brenden Morrow will miss the rest of the series. Morrow is believed to have a foot injury sustained near the end of the regular season.

After scoring eight goals combined while winning the first two games of the series in overtime, the Blues were blanked 2-0 in Game 3 by Crawford.

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