The defending Stanely Cup champions Chicago Blackhawks have moved onto the next phase of going for a repeat championship. After a long hard fought series against the Minnesota Wild, the Blackhawks were able to put them away for good in overtime of game 6 Tuesday night to win the series 4-2.
Patrick Kane scored on a backhand at 9:42 of overtime to lift the Blackhawks to a 2-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild in Game 6 of the Western Conference semifinals on Tuesday night, moving one step closer to defending their title.
They needed to come back from a 2-0 deficit to beat St. Louis in the first series and were pushed hard by the upstart Wild in Round 2. They will meet either Anaheim or Los Angeles in the Western Conference finals. Anaheim leads that series 3-2 and Game 6 is Wednesday night in Los Angeles.
"It was a very competitive series," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. "Both these series were tight, tough, demanding. But certainly you get a break here about what we accomplished. We should be excite about what we've achieved, enjoy the break, knowing we have a very tough opponent coming up."
The Blackhawks had a tough fight for the majority of the series against Minnesota. The series stretched out to 6-games before they were finally able to put away their foe for good.
"We probably didn't play our best tonight, but just finding a way to win is something this team has done for many years now," Kane said.
Since 2009, the first postseason appearance for Kane and co-star Jonathan Toews, the Blackhawks are 14-0 in Games 5 and 6 of playoff series that were tied after Game 4. They're also 12-2 in games with a chance to win a series, including 6-1 on the road, according to a report by ESPN.
Corey Crawford made 34 saves in Tuesday nights game against Minnesota -- only letting them score one time during regulation. Afterwards, the game went into overtime where Kane finished off Minnesota for the year.
"On the road this was probably one of my bigger games of the playoffs so far," Crawford said. "This team seems to enjoy that position where we have a chance to eliminate and move on to the next series. We had a chance to do that and we stuck with it all game."