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Blackhawks

Kane, Blackhawks top Wild in OT to advance to Western Conference finals

Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (left) and Minnesota Wild left wing Erik Haula (right) chase the puck during the second period of Game 6 of a second-round playoff series Tuesday in St. Paul, Minn.
Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (left) and Minnesota Wild left wing Erik Haula (right) chase the puck during the second period of Game 6 of a second-round playoff series Tuesday in St. Paul, Minn.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Patrick Kane scored on a backhand at 9:40 of overtime to lift the Hawks to a 2-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild in Game 6 to clinch their second-round Western Conference series on Tuesday night.

Kris Versteeg scored at 1:58 of the first and Corey Crawford came up with tough save after tough save among his 34 stops for the Hawks, who advanced to the Western Conference finals to meet either Anaheim or Los Angeles. Anaheim leads that series 3-2 and Game 6 is Wednesday night in Los Angeles.

Erik Haula scored and Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 25 shots for the Wild, who pushed a frenetic pace for much of the night but missed prime chances to score.

They paid for it in the extra period, when a simple dump-in by Brent Seabrook took an unusual bounce back toward the slot. The puck slid past Peter Regin but not Kane, who deked once and flipped it into the net.

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