Patrick Kane’s five biggest goals with the Chicago Blackhawks
By Justin Klawans
In what would become an indelible part of Blackhawks’ lore, Kane was a key part of a raucous, tumultuous game against the Nashville Predators that saw Chicago pull off a victory under the unlikeliest of circumstances.
The Blackhawks had decent odds to win the Stanley Cup going into the 2010 season. Despite this, it looked early on like Chicago was about to disappoint all the people who had bet on them to end their Cup drought.
The team was down 4-3 with less than a minute to go in regulation. A loss would give the Predators a 3-2 series lead going into Game 6 in Nashville, where they could win the series. Things were pretty grim in the United Center. It was made worse by the fact that Marian Hossa was serving a five-minute major penalty for boarding.
With the seconds ticking down, the Hawks took the puck into the Predators zone short-handed. A first shot rang off of the post, but Chicago was able to keep the puck in the zone. The team got themselves back to even strength by pulling the goalie, and soon a loose puck found itself onto Kane’s stick.
#88 slipped the puck into the open net with 13 seconds remaining in the game. The goal would completely deflate the Predators. In overtime, the Blackhawks came out flying, and just seconds after getting out of the box, Hossa would pot the game-winner. Chicago would seal the series in their next game, and go onto win the Stanley Cup.
Game 5 has been cemented as one of the greatest playoff games in Blackhawks history. A season that could’ve ended in disaster was saved by Patrick Kane, and the team never looked back en route to Lord Stanley.