ST. PAUL, Minn. — Patrick Kane was skating alone down the left side of the ice. The puck was on the right side on the stick of Patrick Sharp.
It was a tantalizing rush on a power play for the Hawks — to have one of the most dynamic goal scorers unguarded with a man advantage. All they had to do was get the puck to Kane.
They did, and Kane did the rest, firing the puck past Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk for the lone goal in the Hawks 1-0 victory over the Wild in Game 3 at the Xcel Energy Center.
The goal came at 14 minutes, 6 seconds of the first period and was Kane's sixth of the playoffs. It was just the fourth power-play chance the Hawks had in three games.
"We're not really getting many opportunities so it's tough to get into a flow," Kane said. "It'd be nice to draw more penalties and get some rhythm on the power play but we got our one chance (Tuesday)."
Sharp passed the puck to Andrew Shaw in the middle of the ice and Shaw sent it through a thicket of Wild sticks to Kane. The puck was bouncing along and Kane wasn't sure he would get it, but he did for his fifth goal in his last four games.
"Sometimes you're not really playing as well as you think but the pucks go into the net and it looks a lot better on the score sheet," Kane said. "Guys have given me some good opportunities to get shots on net."