Kane leads Blackhawks past Blues, 4-3 in OT

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 24, 2014 at 1:07 am •  Published: April 24, 2014
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CHICAGO (AP) — Patrick Kane had his shot all along. Same for his dazzling puck-handling skills and the vision that sees the plays before they happen.

What Kane got back on Wednesday night was his legs, and the result was a familiar one.

Kane scored his second goal of the game at 11:17 of overtime, and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the St. Louis Blues 4-3 to even their first-round playoff series at two games.

"Special player. Patience, play recognition, delays, just at a different level you don't see often," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said.

Kane missed the final 12 games of the regular season after he hurt his left leg during a 4-0 victory over St. Louis on March 19. He scored in his first game back in the series opener against the Blues, but Game 4 was by far his best performance since the injury.

"Every game feels like I've gotten a little bit better," he said. "Whether it's timing or getting used to playing in the playoffs again, whatever it may be, just try to keep getting better and better and use these games to my advantage."

Kane carried the puck down the left side in OT as teammates Ben Smith and Brandon Saad rushed toward the net, and beat Ryan Miller with a well-placed wrist shot for his 32nd career postseason goal.

Kane, who won the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP last season, also had a shot go off the crossbar earlier in overtime.

"He's a dangerous player," Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said. "He's dangerous off the rush. The most dangerous player in the league."

Andrew Shaw and Bryan Bickell also scored for defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago, which blew a 2-0 second-period lead. Jonathan Toews had two assists and Corey Crawford made 30 saves.

Game 5 of the best-of-seven series is Friday night in St. Louis.

Vladimir Tarasenko scored two goals for the Blues, and Miller finished with 30 stops. Maxim Lapierre also scored his first goal of the series.

"We knew it was going to be a tough battle and I think we're right where we want to be," Lapierre said. "We won our two games at home. We came were and played good hockey. Now we've got to focus, regroup and play good hockey in St. Louis again."

Tarasenko's fourth goal of the playoffs made it 3-2 at 12:26 of the third, but Bickell tipped Michal Rozsival's slap shot past Miller to tie it with 3:52 left in regulation.

The Blues were without captain David Backes again after he was scratched for the second straight game with an upper-body injury. Backes hasn't played since he absorbed a big hit from Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook in the third period of St. Louis' 4-3 overtime victory Saturday.