Kane certainly able for the Hawks

Bet on the NHLPatrick Kane came up trumps when it mattered most to help the Chicago Blackhawks set up a Game 7 in the Western Conference finals against the Los Angeles Kings as they came from behind to win 4-3 on Friday night (Chicago 6/4, Los Angeles 13/5 – Stanley Cup Outright).

The defending Stanley Cup champions were heading out of the competition until Kane, who had scored the first equaliser of the night, provided the assist for Duncan Keith to tie the scores at 3-3 in the third period. He then secured the win with a late goal to set up a do-or-die decider on Sunday evening.

Kane was understandably delighted to come up trumps when the pressure was on but insists that the Blackhawks have a number of players that could be the hero in Game 7, and of course in the final should they get there.

“You try to take it upon yourself to try and step up in big situations,” Kane said. “But we have a lot of guys that do that.

“I think with our team and the amount of great players that are on it, it seems like everyone has their time to step up and have the spotlight and be in that moment. There’s been numerous guys that have done it. When it’s your turn, it’s always fun to contribute.”

The momentum is now with the Hawks and with home advantage in the decider, they will be confident of making it through to the finals.

Chicago have a fantastic record in deciders, particularly when Kane and captain Jonathan Toews are in the line-up, winning 12 of 14 in Games 6 or 7. Meanwhile, Kane himself has scored nine goals and 17 points in those games, including the Stanley Cup winning goal in overtime in Game 6 of the 2010 final against the Philadelphia Flyers.

The New York Rangers await the winner of Sunday’s clash and the Eastern Conference champions, who beat Montreal 4-2, are currently the 5/4 favourites to lift the cup they last won in 1994.

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