Like he has done time and time again, Patrick Kane stepped up when it mattered most last night. Kane’s toe drag, wrap around game winner gave the Chicago Blackhawks a 4-3 win in double overtime to extend the series to a Game 6. This game was big for the top 6 forwards of the Blackhawks, who scored all four goals on the night after netting just one the previous four games. Marian Hossa scored on a 2 on 1, Artem Anisimov crashed the net after a beautiful wrap around by Artemi Panarin. Panarin then beat the buzzer of the 2nd period to give the Blackhawks a 3-1 lead heading to the 3rd.
But the Blues never went away and the Blackhawks pretty much were on the penalty kill the whole third period. Robby Fabbri made it a one goal game when he scored with just over 13 minutes left. The Blues tied it on a tip-in by David Backes with 5 minutes to go. Corey Crawford made 11 of his 43 saves in the first overtime. Patrick Kane worked his magic once again and the Blackhawks host Game 6 Saturday Night at United Center.
Let’s take a look at keys for the Blackhawks in Game 6:
Keys to Game 6:
Crash the net. Other than the Hossa goal in Game 5, every the goal the Blackhawks have scored has been from either crashing the net or putting a screen in front of Brian Elliott. Good things happen when you go to the net and if the Blackhawks continue to do so, they will find ways to score.
Keep track of Tarasenko. The Blackhawks did a very good job in Game 5 as Tarasenko stayed off the scoresheet, but the previous two games at United Center Tarasenko owned the Hawks. They must keep track of him at all times when he’s on the ice and not give him any good looks.
Stay out of the Box. The Blues powerplay went 5 for 8 in Chicago in Games 3 & 4, and they added another in Game 5. Not taking penalties makes it easier for Corey Crawford and gives the Blues less chances.
Careful Passing in Defensive Zone. Blackhawks passing in their own defensive zone has nearly lost them multiple games in this series. Brent Seabrook gave the puck away that led to the Backes goal last night. Trevor van Riemsdyk’s bad pass led to Alexander Steen’s winning goal in Game 4. Especially in a big game like tomorrow, the Hawks must be extra careful in their own zone.