By Chris Kuc
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.