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Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Kane's fine finish propels Hawks

By Jesse Rogers

Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane pulled a new one out of his bag of tricks when he finished off the Minnesota Wild with a slow down, back and forth shootout move.

Patrick Kane
Patrick Kane scored the game-sealing goal in a shootout.

“Just kind of slowed down and wait for the goalie to bite,” he said after the 4-3 win. “I didn’t know which way I was going to go. Been practicing it a little bit in practice, going slow. I was ready to bring it back to my backhand or my forehand and he bit on the back-hand.”

Kane must have stick-handled a dozen times -- he was going to fast to count without slow motion -- before putting the puck into an empty net with goalie Niklas Backstrom going the other way.

It made Jonathan Toews' five-hole score moments earlier look pedestrian in comparison.

“It was awesome,” Toews said of Kane’s move.

Emery remains solid

Ray Emery came up big and this time he finished what he started with two saves in the shootout. But it was his third period which turned heads.

“Nice game,” Joel Quenneville said. “When the game gets on the line he gets bigger.”

Quenneville is right. Emery has been at his best late in games. After stopping 15 of 16 in the third period on Wednesday, he stopped two more in overtime and two more after that. Add another good finish to his resume. The lone goal he gave up in the third came off defenseman Nick Leddy. When Emery saw it, he stopped it. Quenneville all but said Emery will be in net again on Friday against the Anaheim Ducks.

Slappers

• The Wild’s first goal came after a waved off icing call in the second period. Steve Montador and John Scott both thought a whistle was coming but Nick Johnson and Kyle Brodziak finished the play and the puck ended up behind Ray Emery.

“I definitely thought it was icing,” Emery said. “The linesman said our guy needed to make more of an effort to stop it.”

Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook had solid games. Keith played 30:30, registering a plus-2 rating. He also had three shots and no turnovers. Seabrook led the Hawks with five shots on net and four hits.

• Jonathan Toews pulled within one of the league lead in goals with his 18th of the season.