Patrick Kane’s epic buzzer beater in banned OT originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
On Sunday, Patrick Kane turned in a vintage performance in a 5-3 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs with a hat trick and a four-point night. He was named the No. 1 star in what could have been one of his last United Center games with the Blackhawks before the March 3 trade deadline.
Tuesday against the Vegas Golden Knights, Kane came close to winning, which I didn’t think was possible. He set up Tyler Johnson for the equalizer with 54.6 seconds left in regulation time, then scored on an overtime breakaway at the winner’s buzzer.
Or so we thought.
After a lengthy review, officials ruled time was up and retired the goal. In real time, it looked like Kane had figured it out just before the buzzer.
“I thought it was in,” said Johnson, who scored the lone shootout goal in Chicago’s 3-2 win. “From my angle, looking at the net there, the light wasn’t on behind. Usually the green light comes on if the horn sounds. I guess they saw something else, I don’t know. “
Blackhawks head coach Luke Richardson agreed.
“I thought it was because the flow we had felt like .01 was still on it,” Richardson said. “But I think it’s a TV stream, so it’s not the actual clock stream. We just had to beat them twice, I guess.”
Tuesday’s main storyline was whether or not this would be Kane’s last game in Chicago as a Blackhawk, given that the next home game is March 2, the day before the deadline.
A hat trick followed by a buzzer beater in overtime would be an unreal way out, if Kane’s time with the Blackhawks is coming to an end. The City of Chicago certainly hopes that is not the case.
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