St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Patrick Kane took advantage of a weird bounce off the glass to score the game-winning goal in overtime on Tuesday night, giving his Chicago Blackhawks a 2-1 win and a 4-2 series victory over the Minnesota Wild in the Western Conference semifinals.
Kris Versteeg put the Blackhawks up 1-0 less than two minutes into the first period, but Erik Haula scored his fourth goal of the playoffs early in the second period to knot the game at 1-1 until overtime.
Minnesota had several chances to take the lead, including a couple by former University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) star Justin Fontaine, but Corey Crawford made several spectacular saves and finished with 34 in the game.
Ilya Bryzgalov played equally as well in goal for the Wild, making 25 saves in the losing effort.
Chicago will now advance to the Western Conference finals to take on either Los Angeles or Anaheim, with those two currently playing in the other Western Conference semifinal series.