April 23, 2014, CHICAGO (ISN) – Patrick Kane scored his second goal of the game at 11:17 of overtime, and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the St. Louis Blues 4-3 on Wednesday night to even their first-round playoff series at two games apiece.
Kane carried the puck down the left side 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 post-season goal.
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.
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.
Kane, who won the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP last season, had a shot go off the crossbar earlier in overtime. It was his best game of the series after he missed the last part of the regular season with a leg injury.
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 defenceman Brent Seabrook in the third period of St. Louis’ 4-3 overtime victory Saturday.
Seabrook served the second of his three-game suspension, giving Sheldon Brookbank his second straight start with top defenceman Duncan Keith.
Blues forward Brenden Morrow also was scratched after coach Ken Hitchcock said earlier in the day that he would miss the rest of the series. Morrow missed the final three games of the regular season with a foot injury. He played in Games 1 and 3 against the Blackhawks.
Playing in front of another loud sellout crowd, the Blackhawks controlled the first period and much of the second. Bickell had a shot go off the right post with 3:37 left in the first.
Chicago used its maligned power play to grab the lead in the second. St. Louis defenceman Alex Pietrangelo had his stick knocked away by Toews, who fired a shot that went off Shaw’s right skate and popped up in the air. Shaw then swiped it in with a backhand for his first goal of the post-season at 8:40.
It was the Blackhawks’ second power-play goal in 17 opportunities for the series.
Kane got an assist on Shaw’s score, and then scored one of his own to make it 2-0 at 16:09. Defenceman Johnny Oduya made a beautiful cross-ice pass to a streaking Kane, who shot it over Miller’s glove for his second of the series.
St. Louis appeared to be in big trouble before Kane committed a delay of game penalty with 1:16 left in the second, giving the Blues an opening. Just seven seconds into the resulting power play, Tarasenko beat a screened Crawford for his third goal of the series.
It was the Blues’ second power-play goal in 21 chances in the series.
St. Louis then got another late-period goal when Lapierre’s shot went off the right post and then Crawford’s left shoulder before going into the net with 3.1 seconds to go. Five of the Blues’ goals in the series have come in the final two minutes of a period.
NOTES: Blues C Derek Roy returned after missing Game 3. … Blues C Vladimir Sobotka was shaken up after a big hit from Bickell in overtime, but quickly returned to the ice.