Stanley Cup Playoffs 2013: Blackhawks Stars Shine in WCF Game 4 Win

June 6th, 2013 by Derek Wolff Leave a reply »

Trailing 2-1 late in the second period, the Chicago Blackhawks finally got a goal out of Patrick Kane. It couldn't have come at a better time.

Kane stuffed home a rolling puck in the crease that came off the stick of Bryan Bickell, who was redirecting Niklas Hjalmarsson's shot from the point. The goal tied the score at 2-2 with under two minutes remaining in the second and defined the level of grit the Blackhawks played with to take a 3-1 series lead.

Kane, who hadn't scored since the 3-1 loss in Game 3 of the Detroit series 17 days ago went into the corner after a rebound and made the pass out to Hjalmarsson. Playing through pain tonight after blocking a shot in Game 3, the Swede had two assists and was among the leaders in ice time, picking up some of the minutes abdicated by Duncan Keith, who was serving a one-game suspension. 

Exuding patience at the point, Hjalmarsson waited after receiving the pass from Kane and fired, connecting with Bickell's stick in front of the net. The puck trickled through Jonathan Quick's pads and appeared to be going in before Kane tapped it home for good measure.

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