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Patrick Kane nets OT goal giving Blackhawks a 4-3 win over the Blues

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Rob Rains, The Sports Xchange
Chicago Blackhawks Dale Weise and St. Louis Blues Steve Ott tie up in the first period at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on April 21, 2016. Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI
Chicago Blackhawks Dale Weise and St. Louis Blues Steve Ott tie up in the first period at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on April 21, 2016. Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI | License Photo

ST. LOUIS -- Patrick Kane scored 3:07 into the second overtime to give the Chicago Blackhawks a 4-3 win over the St. Louis Blues on Thursday night in Game 5 of their opening-round playoff series.

The win cut the Blues' lead in the best-of-seven series to 3-2 and sent the series back to Chicago for Game 6 on Saturday.

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Kane scored his first goal of the playoffs when he deked through the slot and flipped a shot on goal that Brian Elliott got a piece of to knock wide. But Kane swooped around the net and swept the rebound in on the backhand for his 49th career playoff goal.

The Blackhawks improved to 8-1 when facing elimination since the start of the 2013 playoffs.

The Blues, who had rallied to win both Games 3 and 4 in Chicago, trailed 3-1 going into the third period. They cut the lead to 3-2 at 6:57 on Robby Fabbri's first career playoff goal. He cut to the middle of the ice and beat Corey Crawford with a shot from the high slot.

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David Backes then scored the tying goal with 5:10 left in regulation, redirecting a shot by Alex Pietrangelo past Crawford. Pietrangelo earned his third assist of the night.

The Blues went on a power-play with 4:14 remaining when Chicago was called for too many men on the ice, but could not take capitalize on the man-advantage.

After being held to just four shots on goal in the first period, the Blackhawks fired 16 shots on goal against Elliott in the second period, scoring all three of their goals to build the 3-1 lead.

With the game tied 1-1, the Blackhawks' Artem Anisimov knocked in a rebound at 15:24 of the second period to give Chicago its second lead of the game. A shot by Artemi Panarin hit the post and was lying near the goal line when Anisimov was able to poke it into the net.

As the period was expiring, Panarin took a pass from Kane and beat Elliott with a shot with just 0.4 seconds left on the clock to increase the lead to 3-1.

The two teams had traded goals in a span of 57 seconds earlier in the second period. Marian Hossa scored a short-handed goal at 11:32 off a 2-on-1 break with Duncan Keith, his first goal of the series and 50th of his career in the playoffs.

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While Anisimov was still serving a minor tripping penalty, Jaden Schwartz took a cross-ice pass from Alex Pietrangelo and beat Crawford for the tying goal, his third of the series, at 12:29.

NOTES: RW Dale Weise replaced RW Andrew Shaw in the Blackhawks' lineup while Shaw served a one-game suspension for making a homophobic slur near the end of Game 4. Shaw had two goals and two assists in the first four games of the series, tying for the most points by a Chicago player. ... The Blackhawks made two other changes in their lineup, inserting LW Brandon Mashinter -- who did not play in the two games in Chicago -- in place of LW Tomas Fleischmann and swapping D David Rundblad -- who had not played in the series -- for D Michal Rozsival. ... For the Blues, D Carl Gunnarsson returned to the lineup after missing Game 4 because of an upper-body injury. D Joel Edmundson was a healthy scratch as the Blues elected to keep D Robert Bortuzzo in the lineup after he had played in place of Gunnarsson in Game 4.

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