In a completely insane world where we have a choice, I’m guessing 99% of Blackhawks fans would have picked Patrick Kane to score the season-saving goal in St. Louis last night.
After being held scoreless for 332 minutes and 11 seconds, the (historic) Art Ross trophy winner is finally on the board as the series moves back to Chicago for Game 6 – which can’t be a pleasant thought for anyone associated with the St. Louis Blues.
We’re also plenty used to Patrick Kane being the savior that releases us from these late NHL overtime torture sessions, mercifully allowing us to go to bed in a good mood.
The man aptly nicknamed Showtime now has 11 game-winning playoff goals, and five of those have occurred in overtime – hockey’s version of a “walk-off” win. And those are always fun because we get to hear Pat Foley, Doc Emrick or some other hockey announcer go bananas.
And then watch the replay 100 times to hear them go bananas some more.
So, starting with his game-winner in St. Louis last night and going chronologically backwards from there, we’ve gathered all of the Patrick Kane walk-off mania into one place.
5. Western Conference First Round vs. St Louis, Game 5 (April 21st, 2016)
This is Patrick’s second walk-off to occur in double OT, and possibly the best stick-handling display from all of them. No wonder John Buccigross calls him the “Mayor of Dangle City.”
4. Western Conference Second Round vs. Minnesota, Game 6 (May 13th, 2014)
After jumping out to a 2-0 series lead, the Blackhawks had to win back-to-back nailbiters to get by Minnesota in six games back in 2014. Naturally, the second of those was ended by a gorgeous roof job from Kane.
3. Western Conference First Round vs. St. Louis, Game 4 (April 23rd, 2014)
It only makes sense that Patrick Kane’s second overtime game-winner against the Blues would come almost exactly two years to the day after his first. The former officially erased St. Louis’ 2-0 series lead, and it came on a laser from the left side that Ryan Miller had no chance to stop.
2. Western Conference Finals vs. Los Angeles, Game 5 (June 8th, 2013)
My personal favorite, as Kane and Jonathan Toews generously gave everybody watching a free clinic for running a 2-on-1 hockey fast break – sending the Blackhawks to the Stanley Cup Finals in the process. The sliding fist-pump celebration was an excellent touch as well.
1. Stanley Cup Finals vs. Philadelphia, Game 6 (June 9th, 2010)
The one that started it all.