Kane's OT goal lifts Blackhawks over Sabres
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[January 06, 2017]
CHICAGO -- Patrick Kane grew up
cheering for his hometown Buffalo Sabres.
Now that the Chicago Blackhawks sign Kane's checks, his allegiances
have changed. Kane flashed a wide smile after scoring 56 seconds
into overtime to lift Chicago to a 4-3 comeback win over Buffalo on
"That was my childhood, right?" Kane said. "Growing up going to
Sabres games, sometimes you sit back and think it's surreal that
you're actually playing against them."
Kane finished with a goal and two assists, and Artem Anisimov scored
two goals as the Blackhawks erased a 3-2 deficit with 2:04 to go in
the third period. Chicago (24-12-5) snapped a two-game losing streak
and won at home for the first time since Dec. 18.
"That's kind of been the (theme) of the year, guys coming up with
big goals at the end of the game to tie it up for us or for us to go
up," said Ryan Hartman, who also scored for Chicago. "You've got to
look at it in a positive way. We battle and find a way to win."
Forwards Jack Eichel, Marcus Foligno and Kyle Okposo scored for the
Sabres. Buffalo (14-15-9) earned a point on the road but remained
winless in its last 10 meetings against the Blackhawks.
Chicago improved to 8-5 in overtime. Buffalo dropped to 3-9 in the
"It's just tough," said Eichel, who led the Sabres with five shots
on goal. "I think we all really wanted that second point. I think
it's almost been the tale of our season. We get to these situations,
and we're not able to put a stamp on the game. That's why we find
ourselves out of the playoffs and kind of far back. It's
Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford stopped 17 of 20 shots to
improve to 14-8-3.
Sabres goaltender Anders Nilsson drew the loss despite stopping 39
of 43 shots.
Buffalo pulled ahead 3-2 on Eichel's one-timer 1:10 into the third
period. The shot marked Eichel's eighth goal in 17 games this season
and extended his point streak to five games. Ryan O'Reilly slid a
backhand pass across the slot to set up the goal.
Anisimov scored with 2:04 remaining in the third period to even the
score at 3. Kane zipped a shot on net, and Anisimov punched in the
loose puck near the crease for his second goal of the game and his
team-leading 18th goal of the season.
Kane buried a rebound from Jonathan Toews to seal the overtime win.
"They have some very good skill on that team, and when they put
those guys out there for three on three, you know they're going to
come and they're going to create some scoring chances," Nilsson
said. "Toews made a good play. He put it far pad, and then Kane came
in the middle and banged in the rebound."
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Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) celebrates his overtime goal
against the Buffalo Sabres during the overtime period at the United
Center. The Hawks won 4-3 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: David
Banks-USA TODAY Sports
turnover by Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook helped Buffalo grab
a 1-0 lead with12:39 to play in the first period. Foligno
intercepted the puck in the offensive zone and ripped a shot from
the left circle for his sixth goal of the season and second in the
past four games.
Chicago tied it with 3:40 remaining in the first period. Hartman
carried the puck toward the left circle, split a double team and
fired a wrist shot above Nilsson's glove for his seventh goal.
Buffalo regained a 2-1 lead on a power-play goal with 1:50 remaining
in the second period. Okposo scored on a second effort in front of
the net for his team-leading 12th goal.
Eighteen seconds later, Chicago got even. Anisimov spun from his
backhand to his forehand and released a rising shot from the right
circle that sailed past Nilsson.
"Certainly, a big two points," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville
said. "It kind of changed the flow that we've had recently. I liked
how we played tonight."
NOTES: Blackhawks RW Marian Hossa returned to the lineup for the
first time since Dec. 20 and recorded two shots in 15:23 of ice
time. Hossa, 37, missed the previous five games because of an
upper-body injury. ... Sabres C Ryan O'Reilly returned to action
less than two weeks after undergoing an emergency appendectomy.
O'Reilly notched two assists in 19:43 of ice time.. ... Blackhawks
LW Spencer Abbott was held scoreless in his team debut two days
after he was recalled from the AHL's Rockford IceHogs. Abbott, 28,
appeared in one game with the Toronto Maple Leafs during the 2013-14
campaign. He spent last season in the Swedish Hockey League. ...
Sabres LW William Carrier did not play because of an illness. ...
Blackhawks D Brian Campbell was a healthy scratch for the second
time in the past four games.
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