Kane scores OT winner in return to Chicago, giving Wings 3-2 victory

Ted Kulfan, The Detroit News on

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CHICAGO — Sunday was an amazing day for Chicago Blackhawks fans, a day that's been circled on the schedule for quite a while.

Chris Chelios, a hometown favorite having his No. 7 retired. Patrick Kane, another future Hall of Famer who won three Stanley Cups in Chicago, now with the Red Wings, returning to Chicago for the first time.

But the Wings spoiled some of the fun. More specifically Kane did.

Kane scored a breakaway goal at 1 minute 43 seconds of overtime on a pass from Alex DeBrincat, giving the Red Wings a dramatic 3-2 victory.

Kane found himself alone after the Blackhawks had failed on a rush and went in alone on goaltender Petr Mrazek. Kane made no mistake, beating Mrazek high into the net.

DeBrincat, a former Blackhawk himself, tied the score at 2-2 at 15:44 of the third period. DeBrincat scored his 22nd goal, bouncing a shot off Mrazek, a former Wing, and into the net.


So, for the Wings, it was nice to be part of all of it, something no one will forget anytime soon. And just as fun was extending their winning streak to five games.

"We know if we're going to stay in this battle and even get above that (playoff) line in the end, we will need every single point," Red Wings coach Derek Lalonde said during the week.

Daniel Sprong scored his 16th goal, opening the scoring in the first period. Sprong was falling to the ice but somehow managed to get enough velocity on the shoot to beat Mrazek with 41 seconds left in the first period.

But Chicago answered with two second-period goals, from MacKenzie Entwistle and Nick Foligno (power play), giving Chicago the lead.


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