Patrick Kane. (Getty Images)
If there was any concern about whether or not Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane had his full strength back in his shoulder, his blast that beat Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne late in the first period should quiet those worries. Kane absolutely ripped a slapshot top shelf off a faceoff to tie the game 3-3.
Blackhawks star Patrick Kane was questionable before the first-round series between Nashville and Chicago after having missed seven weeks with a broken clavicle. Surprisingly, Kane was in the lineup when the series began and his impact has been huge.
Through five games, Kane had found the score sheet in all but Game 3. Coming into a pivotal Game 6, after Chicago has scratched back from a 3-1 deficit to make it 3-2 late in the first period, the Blackhawks were set up in the Predators' zone with next to no time remaining in the first frame. Brad Richards won the faceoff back to Duncan Keith, who touched it along to Kane. Without hesitation, Kane leaned into a slapshot that wasted no time finding the back of the net:
Thanks to Kane's tally, the Blackhawks, for the second time in the series, clawed back from an early deficit to tie the game. In Game 1, Chicago went down 3-0 before scratching back even and winning the game in double overtime.
As for Kane, the goal was his second of the current post-season and the 39th of his career in his 99th career playoff game.