By Chris Kuc
Slowly, ever so slowly, the puck slid the length of the ice toward the vacant Blackhawks net.
Realizing perhaps before anyone else what was happening, defenseman Nick Leddy put on the afterburners in pursuit but couldn’t reach it before it crossed the goal line.
Of all the times Patrick Kane has put a puck in a net at the United Center during his seven seasons, this was certainly the strangest fashion. With goaltender Antti Raanta on the bench during a delayed penalty, Kane flipped the puck to the point—where no teammate resided—and nearly 200 feet later it settled into his own goal and the Oilers had pulled into a tie with the Hawks during the second period of Sunday night’s game at the United Center.
Fortunately for the Hawks, they spent the rest of the game putting pucks in the Oilers’ goal and skated to a 5-3 victory before a crowd of 21,242 to snap a three-game losing skid.