Patrick Kane (Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
The Chicago Blackhawks have an embarrassment of riches when it comes to elite forwards. And one of those forwards – superstar winger Patrick Kane – got the Hawks on the scoreboard first in Game 3 of their second-round series against Minnesota Tuesday.
Blackhawks star winger Patrick Kane had five playoff goals entering Tuesday's Game 3 of his team's second-round series against Minnesota – and his sixth, scored late in the opening period, put Chicago on top in a game the Wild need to win.
Minnesota trails the Blackhawks 2-0 in their series and losing at home Tuesday would spell almost certain doom for their post-season aspirations. But with approximately six minutes left in the first period and the Hawks on a power play, Kane got the puck deep in Chicago's offensive zone and quickly flipped it through Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk's legs to make it 1-0 for the visiting team:
The goal was the 43rd of Kane's career in the NHL playoffs and gives him 102 points in 102 post-season games. In addition, the point was Kane's 11th of this playoff tournament, vaulting the 26-year-old Buffalo, N.Y., native into sole possession of second place among all point-getters.