After everything they threw at the Blackhawks in the first five games of their second-round series, it was clear the Wild weren't going to go away quietly.

But go away they did as the Blackhawks kept their quest for a second consecutive Stanley Cup on track with a hard-fought 2-1 overtime victory over the Wild in Game 6 on Tuesday night at the Xcel Energy Center.

Patrick Kane scored the game-winner at the 9-minute, 40-second mark of overtime to lift the Hawks to a 4-2 series triumph and a matchup in the Western Conference finals against the winner of the Ducks-Kings series.

Kris Versteeg also scored, but it was an outstanding effort from goaltender Corey Crawford that bailed the Hawks out during a game in which the Wild controlled much of the play. Crawford finished with 34 saves to win a netminding duel with Ilya Bryzgalov.

Erik Haula scored for the Wild but that was it as Crawford repeatedly turned aside excellent scoring chances to hand the Wild their first loss at home during the postseason.

The roaring crowd following a spirited rendering of the national anthem was stunned into silence 1:58 into the game when Versteeg flipped the puck from behind the goal line and it pinballed its way into the net for the winger's first score since March 25.

Later in the period, the Hawks had an excellent opportunity to take a two-goal advantage when Jonathan Toews broke into the Wild zone with the Hawks short-handed and was about to make a move on Bryzgalov when defenseman Jonas Brodin came through with a strong backcheck to knock the puck off the captain's stick.