ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- The Minnesota Wild used a spirited postseason run to establish themselves as one of the NHL's up-and-coming teams.
The Chicago Blackhawks' time is now, and the defending Stanley Cup champions took the Wild's best shot before ending it with one of their own.
Patrick Kane scored the game-winner at 9:42 of overtime to lift the Blackhawks to a 2-1 victory over the Wild in Game 6 of the Western Conference semifinals on Tuesday night, eliminating Minnesota in front of its charged-up home fans.
The Wild peppered Chicago goalie Corey Crawford with 35 shots, but Erik Haula's breakaway in the second period was the only one that got through. It was Minnesota's first loss in six postseason home games.
Kris Versteeg scored at 1:58 of the first period for Chicago.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Patrick Kane scored on a backhand at 9:42 of overtime to lift the Chicago Blackhawks to a 2-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild in Game 6 to clinch their second-round Western Conference series on Tuesday night.
Kris Versteeg scored at 1:58 of the first and Corey Crawford came up with tough save after tough save among his 34 stops for the Blackhawks, who advanced to the Western Conference finals to meet either Anaheim or Los Angeles. Anaheim leads that series 3-2 and Game 6 is Wednesday night in Los Angeles.
Erik Haula scored and Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 25 shots for the Wild, who pushed a frenetic pace for much of the night but missed prime chances to score.
They paid for it in the extra period, when a simple dump-in by Brent Seabrook took an unusual bounce back toward the slot. The puck slid past Peter Regin but not Kane, who flipped it into the net.