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Instant analysis: Blackhawks vs. Blues, Game 5

Patrick Kane keeps Chicago in first-round series with goal in second OT

by Amalie Benjamin @AmalieBenjamin / Staff Writer

ST. LOUIS -- Patrick Kane scored at 3:07 of the second overtime, and the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the St. Louis Blues 4-3 at Scottrade Center on Thursday to extend their Western Conference First Round series to a sixth game.

The Blues lead the best-of-7 series 3-2. Each game has been decided by one goal.

What we learned: Chicago is not planning on going easily.

What this means for the Blackhawks: They're still alive and they're heading back home. You can never count out Chicago.

What this means for the Blues: St. Louis remains one win away from moving on to the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. But the Blues did exactly what they didn't want to do, letting the Blackhawks back into the series. On Saturday, they will try to close out the series at United Center, where they won Games 3 and 4, or face a Game 7 back at home Monday.

Video: CHI@STL, Gm5: Kane sends beauty to Panarin for goal

Key moment: The seconds were ticking down, down, down. But with 0.4 seconds remaining in the second period, Artemi Panarin beat St. Louis goalie Brian Elliott just inside the left post. The goal gave the Blackhawks a two-goal lead heading into the third period of an elimination game, a little breathing room for the defending Stanley Cup champions, though they would eventually lose that lead.

Unsung player of the game: Robby Fabbri played his most noticeable game of the playoffs. He seemed to always be around the puck, helping create chances, playing in the offensive zone. He was finally rewarded with a goal at 6:57 of the third period, cutting the Blackhawks lead to one goal while cutting into the slot. It was the first NHL playoff goal for the rookie.

What's next: The Blues and Blackhawks will meet up again for Game 6 on Saturday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports 2) in another elimination game for Chicago. The pressure on St. Louis will be increased, but the Blues remain in the driver's seat in this first-round series.

Video: CHI@STL, Gm5: Fabbri dekes past defenders, scores

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