The Chicago Blackhawks have finished up the Minnesota Wild by winning Game 6 2-1 in overtime. Patrick Kane, as we all could probably assume, scored the game-winner by dangling the Wild defense and scoring another backhand goal top-shelf.
The team was out-shot once again by the Wild, but was saved throughout the night by Corey Crawford who simply wouldn’t let the Wild win. Crawford played like a goalie possessed and basically won the game for the team, all while standing on his head.
The Hawks have now pushed their impressive record after 2-2 series ties, and have now won 14 straight games in those scenarios. Starting with their 2009 series against the Calgary Flames, and moving all the way to this game, the Hawks have won Games 5 and 6 in each of those seven series.
The team now waits for the winner of the other Division Final, which will have its Game 6 tomorrow night in Los Angeles.
The loss for the Wild was the team’s first this post-season at home. In fact, Kris Versteeg‘s first period goal was the first time the Wild trailed at home in the post-season. They won Games 3,4 and 6 against the Colorado Avalanche and the first two home games against the Hawks this series.
Andrew Shaw missed Game 6, and is speculated to return for the Conference Finals, but has also been rumored to return the last multiple games.
The Hawks are 3-0 against the Los Angeles Kings this season and won the Conference Finals match-up last season in five games. The also had a good record against the Anaheim Ducks, as they were 2-0-1, only losing a shootout in the first game of the season.
If the Ducks win, they will have home-ice advantage over the Hawks. If the Kings come back from the 3-2 hole they’re currently in, then the Hawks will have home-ice advantage.
Crawford was 2-0 against the Ducks this season, and was 1-0 against the Kings. Antti Raanta was the goalie in the team’s loss to the Ducks.