’Hawks even series
CHICAGO—Patrick Kane scored his second goal of the game at 11:17 of overtime as the Chicago Blackhawks edged the St. Louis Blues 4-3 last night to even their first-round playoff series at two games apiece.
Kane carried the puck down the left side as teammates Ben Smith and Brandon Saad rushed toward the net, and beat Ryan Miller with a well-placed wrist shot for his 32nd career post-season goal.
Jonathan Toews had two assists while Corey Crawford made 30 saves.
Game 5 of the best-of-seven series goes tomorrow night in St. Louis.
Vladimir Tarasenko scored two goals for the Blues while Miller finished with 30 stops.
Maxim Lapierre also scored his first goal of the series.
Tarasenko’s fourth goal of the playoffs made it 3-2 at 12:26 of the third, but Bickell tipped Michal Rozsival’s slapshot past Miller to tie it with 3:52 left in regulation.
Kane, who won the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP last season, had a shot go off the crossbar earlier in overtime.
It was his best game of the series after he missed the last part of the regular season with a leg injury.
The Blues were without captain David Backes again after he was scratched for the second-straight game with an upper-body injury.
Backes hasn’t played since he absorbed a big hit from Blackhawks’ defenceman Brent Seabrook in the third period of St. Louis’ 4-3 overtime victory Saturday.
Seabrook, meanwhile, served the second of his three-game suspension—giving Sheldon Brookbank his second-straight start with top defenceman Duncan Keith.
Blues’ forward Brenden Morrow also was scratched after coach Ken Hitchcock said earlier in the day that he would miss the rest of the series.
Morrow missed the final three games of the regular season with a foot injury, but played in Games 1 and 3 against the Blackhawks.
Elsewhere, Columbus nipped Pittsburgh 4-3 (OT) and Dallas doubled Anaheim 4-2 to tie their respective series at 2-2.