It didn't quite have the flair of, say, two goals in 17 seconds, but Patrick Kane's move to seal the deal for the Blackhawks over the Bruins on Sunday was pretty dramatic in its own right. The winger executed his patented slow-down move in the shootout perfectly to beat Boston goaltender Tuukka Rask and give the Hawks an exhilarating 3-2 victory at the United Center. The first meeting between the Original Six rivals since the 2013 Stanley Cup Final lived up to the hype as 22,197 witnessed a high-flying, hard-hitting contest that had a similar feel to the postseason. "It felt like a playoff game for sure," Kane said. "Going into a game in the regular season after the series like we had against them you're not really sure what to expect. They came out hard right off the bat." So did the Hawks as they capped a weekend during which they knocked off two of the NHL's top teams to reaffirm their place in the upper echelon of the league. On Friday night, they dropped the Western Conference-leading Ducks and on Sunday the Bruins, a powerhouse in the East. "Two big games against two great teams," Kane said. "We weren't going as well as we wanted to before these two games, but this game and Friday night's game against the Ducks were big games for us to get our confidence back up to know we can play with the best in the league." Marian Hossa and Brandon Bollig scored in regulation for the Hawks while Brad Marchand scored twice for the Bruins. In the shootout, Corey Crawford outdueled Rask to help the Hawks improve to 32-8-11. The win capped a four-game homestand for the Hawks during which they went 3-0-1 to pull within four points of Anaheim in the West. "It was a great hockey game," Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said. "The pace was tremendous. (It) started quick and it didn't stop. They're a dangerous team. They get the puck, they make plays and they hang onto it, they have patience and play recognition. They have all guys active and wanting the puck. It's a great test and it's nice to finally get a shootout win too."
Kane scores deciding shootout goal as Hawks top Bruins
Chicago Tribune | Jan 20