With 15 minutes remaining in a 2-2 game against Dallas on Monday, the Blackhawks reclaimed the lead on a goal from Andrew Shaw off a pass from Patrick Kane. RedEye goes On The Ice with Shaw, Kane and Bryan Bickell to get the story of what ended up as the deciding goal.
PATRICK KANE: I picked up the puck. I was trying to get some speed up the ice. I think it was late in my shift, and that's why Shaw and Bickell came on the ice.
BRYAN BICKELL: Kaner had the speed going into the offensive zone. I just pushed the D [defenseman] back … and Shawzie came off the bench with some steam.
ANDREW SHAW: I saw Marcus Kruger changing on an offensive rush, which is obviously a good thing. You don't want to change on the back check. He came off early there, and I got out there.
BICKELL: You want to open the space and draw a couple defensemen when you're going to the net. With Kane's patience he can find the right guy. Even if he has a couple guys on him, he still might find him.
KANE: I'm just trying to create space—for myself, or for Bicks coming to the net, or any one of my teammates trailing late even if it's a defenseman. For me, it's just read and react.
SHAW: When Kane's got the puck, you let him do his thing. I kind of stayed wide coming into the zone. Kaner with his nice hands drew two or three guys to him, and he just kind of fed it to me open.
BICKELL: It's a play we run, "middle drive." Kaner can go through two or three guys easily. But for some reason he didn't feel like it and found Shawzie on the backdoor.
KANE: The name of the game is to play off your instincts. I didn't really have any set plans, but I saw Shawzie coming late and dropped it to him.
SHAW: He just kind of fed it to me open. I got a quick shot off as the goalie was trying to slide across and went five-hole.
BICKELL: He was happy to go five-hole. I think he was trying to go high glove, but somehow he went five-hole.
KANE: He made a nice shot five-hole.
BICKELL (to Kane): I don't know if he meant to shoot five-hole, though.
Bickell said he doesn't think you meant to go five-hole.
SHAW: [Smiling.] I suppose Bick's trying to make fun of me. I don't have the hardest shot, but it always finds a way to get in.
So what’s the difference in your excitement between scoring a goal and getting an assist?
KANE: They’re both really good feelings. On that play, it was a 2-2 game, and Shawzie made a nice shot to make it 3-2. You’re putting yourself in a good position to take the lead, and hopefully build on it, which we did later. Whether it’s an assist or scoring a goal, I think the main goal is to try and create plays any way you can and be happy with whoever scores.
SHAW: Obviously Kaner’s got a lot of skill, and Bicks is a hard-working guy. I knew he was going to the net and I knew Kaner would make some nice moves for both me and Bickell, and that’s what he did.
And the celebration after?
SHAW: Oh, it was nice. Kaner was pretty excited. So was Bicks. It’s always fun to score a big goal like that.
Jack M Silverstein is a RedEye special contributor.