Blackhawks advance to West Finals

Reuters News
Posted: May 14, 2014 1:28 AM

(The Sports Xchange) - Chicago Blackhawks star forward Patrick Kane scored off a fortunate bounce in overtime, lifting his team past the Minnesota Wild 2-1 to close out their best-of-seven playoff series 4-2 to advance to the Western Conference finals.

A dump-in shot hit a stanchion in the glass behind Wild goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov and bounced in front of the net. Kane pounced on the play, lifting a backhand shot into the upper reaches of the net, ending the series near the halfway mark of the first overtime.

Right winger Kris Versteeg also scored for Chicago, who benefited from 34 saves by goaltender Corey Crawford in handing Minnesota their only home playoff loss of the season.

Rookie left winger Eric Halua scored the Wild's only goal.

(Editing by Sudipto Ganguly)