Patrick Kane, Blackhawks Earn Shootout Win In Pat Foley’s Finale

Thursday night was about Pat Foley. The Blackhawks and Sharks are both on the outside of the playoff picture, and even though things on the ice got heated as the game continued the celebration was surrounding the legacy of Foley. After 39 years in the booth, he deserves all of the flowers and applause the fans can give him.

But there was indeed a game to be played for Foley to describe one more time. And that game was dominated by Patrick Kane.

Head coach Derek King put Kane back with Alex DeBrincat and Dylan Strome and it was fire from the jump. It took that line no time at all to make an impact on the game — they scored on their first shift of the night. And this goal came off the stick of Kane.

The Hawks would hold onto the lead for a little more than three minutes. The first period came to a close with one goal for both teams. The Sharks out-shot the Hawks 12-11 in the first, and the momentum favored the visitors heading to the intermission.

It took more than 13 minutes for either side to score in the second period, but the television audience didn’t care. The parade of former players, broadcasters and dignitaries sharing their congratulations with Foley took up a big part of the period.

Jake McCabe had a chance to light up a couple Sharks in the game and actually did a nice job of not sending opponents to the showers early. But the Sharks didn’t like it and there were a few moments with elevated blood pressures on the ice. One of those moments gave the Hawks a power play and they were able to convert. Kane started a passing sequence that ended with Taylor Raddysh scoring the PPG.

Once again, the lead didn’t last very long. Scott Reedy tied the game a little more than two minutes later. But Kane wasn’t done. He set up Calvin de Haan for a go-ahead goal inside the final two minutes of the second period.

The Hawks out-shot the Sharks 11-8 in the second period and took a Tree-2 lead to the Tird period.

Kane wasn’t done. He wasn’t credited with an assist, but he started one of the prettiest passing sequences of the season that ended with Dylan Strome scoring Chicago’s fourth goal of the night.

DeBrincat picked up his third assist of the night on the Strome goal and Seth Jones added his second helper of the night.

Of course the two-goal margin lasted less than two minutes again. Rudolfs Balcers brought the Sharks within one again and the game stayed on edge with physical play and whacks after the whistle.

With about 3:30 left in regulation, Kevin Lankinen made a few sprawling saves but never controlled the puck and ultimately allowed the tying goal. He struggled to see and stop the puck all night and gave up the fourth goal despite a few impressive denials.

So we were tied with 3:25 left in regulation.

There were a couple rushes either way inside the final 40 seconds of regulation but neither team could convert.

It only feels appropriate that we got free hockey in Foley’s finale.

Neither team could finish in overtime and we went to the shootout. Jonathan Toews was denied to start the shootout, but Lankinen rejected Tomas Hertl. Kane was then turned away by James Reimer; both Kane and Toews tried to go five-hole with no success. Lankinen blocked Logan Couture’s attempt to keep the shootout square. DeBrincat added to his three assists with a nice goal in the third round of the shootout. Erik Karlsson was called upon by the Sharks and he opted to go with a slapper that was no good.

And the Blackhawks earned a shootout win for Foley’s exit from the booth.

29 thoughts on “Patrick Kane, Blackhawks Earn Shootout Win In Pat Foley’s Finale

  • April 14, 2022 at 11:09 pm

    A win is a win. Tim W I’m 3 for 3 on my revised prognostication. Lanks made nice saves where you can see his talent. Some coaching on how to control rebounds and we could have a pretty good goalie. McCabe with a good game but his lollygag attempt to lift the puck to center ice cost us goal number 3 by SJ.

    Of course the game had to end in a shoot out. Stretch it out to give us the most and final call of Pat Foley. Thank you Mr. Foley for all your years!

  • April 14, 2022 at 11:14 pm

    Nice win for Pat Foley
    they won against a stronger team and without Murphy ( their best DMan . )
    Iff Hawks want to loose more games they have to stop playing those 3 guys on the same line .
    Lank made many beautiful save again ,hope they will sign him for a few years and let him grow with the Hawks .just 61 games played since a Hawks …3 years like Dach at 1.5 millions/ year 1 —2.0/year 2 — 2.5 millions/ year 3 . Average at 2 millions/ year ..a bit more then the contract Hagel had .
    Raddysh continue playing a solid game .
    Maybe Hawks made a good trade for Hagel who still doesn’t get chances to play 17-18 minutes/ game with lightning who are loosing ground in past 10 games .
    Go Hawks Go

  • April 14, 2022 at 11:21 pm

    The Hawks can not hold a lead

    At 4-3 it felt like they would do well to get to OT because they can’t stop any team from scoring when that team presses

    It felt like the objective was to not allow SJ to score the 4th too early so as to make it difficult for them to score another one or two in regulation

    Leadin 4-3 the Hawks best chance to win was to get the game to Overtime because there was no way they could win in regulation – that would require an ability to defend which they possess none of – a good coaching staff could help out there

    It seemed after 3rd SJ goal that Kurashev got benched – finally some accountability

    Twice he made lazy plays in the D zone that lead directly to a goal against although until then he’d had a good game – still he’s been in the league long enough now to know better and it’s the coaches job to remind him

    First he flew the zone allowing SJ to intercept a pass then he made virtually no effort to tie up the goal scorer in front of the net

    Maybe he was shifted to another line but right after that it was Lafferty with 19 and 11 and Lafferty with 19 in OT – in fact I don’t remember Kurashev on the ice after that 3rd SJ goal

    It sure looks like Raddysh is a keeper and I’m liking Regula as well – he has a very good chance to be in top 6 next year

    It’s hard to see Lank as an true #1 but goalies are weird – their development can take many different paths – I think he’ll be back on a short term deal

  • April 15, 2022 at 12:10 am

    Gonna miss Foley. A lot of posters here don’t seem to like him, think he has overstayed his welcome, but I couldn’t disagree more. He brought fun, energy and love to every broadcast and I will take that over the antiseptic, bloviated calls that seem to be in vogue these days. Tree turdy tree till I die.

    It is the end of a Chicago institution, very happy to have witnessed it.

    Very happy the Hawks made him the #1 Star of the game, I suspected that would be the case and was very happy that it turned out like that.

    If you have an opinion that differs from mine and other Hawks fans that have grown up to love Foley, please show some restraint and chose to share that opinion in some other post. I respect that your opinions matter and are just as important as I feel mine are, I really do. All I ask is that you read the room and respect the moment and postpone sharing it for another time. There will be ample time to have your opinions, tonight isn’t it.


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  • April 15, 2022 at 6:41 am

    Yep, the Hawks can’t hold a lead. Thank you to Pat Foley for 4 decades of the best sport announcing on this planet. Gonna miss his honesty and sense of humor in the booth. Again, he let everyone know that Dale Talon was the architect of the Cup winning teams.

    The Hawks need a better “identity”. They don’t know what kind of team they are, at this time. They need to be “tougher to play against”. If they have a 2,3 or 4 goal lead, the opposition knows that they can come back and score goals. The Hawks are too easy to play against.

    Let the new GM figure it all out. Let the new “voice of the Hawks” find his own “voice” in the booth. Let Pat Foley live forever in the hearts of the Hawk fans throughout the world!

  • April 15, 2022 at 6:51 am

    Good to see them send Foley off with a win, quite a sendoff for him.
    Hope they resign Lankinen and he gets a chance next year to play with a team who plays defense in front of him. Like that the players recognized his strong play last night by giving him the game belt they give out after wins in dressing room. Wrap agree Kurashev looked terrible on that play, that was scouting when report on him when drafted was lots of talent and his inconsistent play, Blackhawks thought they could make a top 6 player out of him but not much has changed yet. Kane made an interesting comment on being reunited with 12 and 17, this line could be an effective combo for the Blackhawks for a long time, could be an indication if what he is thinking in his future.

  • April 15, 2022 at 7:16 am

    Nice to see Dale Tallon was at the game. I would love to see him back with the Hawks in some capacity.

  • April 15, 2022 at 7:31 am

    Emily’s Dad agree. How about a Scout. Going over the top, Chief Scout.

    49 goals 94 assist

    69 goals 92 assist

    That’s Nick Schmaltz compared to Dylan Strome. Add in 12 goals and 3 assist from Perlini.
    Oh yeah and doing this for $2mil less.
    Oh yeah #2 plus Regula.

    Give credit where credit is due for the trade. Not advocating for anyone (no GM names used). Just “spitting out stats from parent’s basement” as someone stated.


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  • April 15, 2022 at 9:31 am

    Good to see some intensity and purpose to the Hawks game last night. Vlasic and Regala keep getting better. Give them both lots of ice the last 8 games. Reichel is not ready for the NHL. Just looks lost out there. Lankinen needs a ton of work. He is a mess position wise and controlling rebounds. Once he goes down he is not getting back up. Sad to see Pat Foley go. Grew up with his voice. He will be sorely missed.

  • April 15, 2022 at 9:51 am

    Foley was and is a legend….. Wait a few years and voice your opinions on how games are called vrs the way Foley called them… It will sink in then on just How Great Foley was calling games with the energy he brought!
    Thank you, Pat..

  • April 15, 2022 at 11:43 am

    You know what we are not talking about, last night’s match up between Vlasic vs Vlasic? Who was the better Vlasic? I really like that our Vlasic and Regula are getting regula(r) starts now and have shown that we have at least 3 defenders for next year.

    Raddysh with another goal. Kurashev is done here! Nothing more to see, just like Kubalik, Borgstrom, and Tyler-Johnson. They have shown their worth, as all three have been given multiple opportunities to show better, and they haven’t.

  • April 15, 2022 at 12:28 pm

    Tommy, I completely agree on your list of forwards that have shown they should be released or traded. Borgstrom, Kurashev,Kubalik,Tyler Johnson. That opens things up for some fresh blood here. Lots of work to be done. Let’s get to it.

  • April 15, 2022 at 12:37 pm

    First of all, Foley is a million times better than any hipster doofus the Hawks trot out….and that goes for knucklehead Cohen….who dresses him ? He still thinks he is 14 yrs old.
    Second, Reichel reminds me of Dylan Sikura, score tons in the AHL, but does nothing in the NHL…..but at least Sikura tried and had some assists, Reichel ?? Nothing, doesn’t even look like he cares, just skates around looking for a beer and bratwurst.

  • April 15, 2022 at 12:45 pm

    @Beer – I liked the way you threw beer in there! The thing with Reichel is that he played that way in Rockford too whenever he would go in the corners, the only difference being and what impressed me about him was that he didn’t dump and chase at Rockford! They actually controlled the puck when they brought it into the opposing zone. He has Nylander on his wing and the two of them were able to penetrate the defense. Asking this kid to fight in the corners is like asking Sugar Ray Leonard to fight Mike Tyson in his hey-day! Not Happening! It’s our coaching beer-guy! It sucks! We cannot dump and chase all the time, these smaller guys are going to get killed.

  • April 15, 2022 at 1:20 pm

    Reichel- is looking slower and less a factor almost every game??? Is he trying to “play the system” and be more responsible? To what coaches/systems are asking? Seems less involved and not as quick to the plays/puck?

    Then again- I usually can only a stomach several minutes of watching… here and there.

    But I make it a point to watch the New guys… Vlasic is slowly getting acclimated… Regula- has shown well for the most part… Lafferty- still plays hard and shows good wheels…

    Kane and Dcat- good… Strome is improving… Keep Raddysh- bigger body, skates OK, ++ shot/release
    Katchouk– I like so far– better than the rest of the turds up and sown the lineup.

    Rest of guys– all need to be gone at some point… ALL the D guys over 25 years old…are not winners
    All the Forwards- not mentioned above- have little to no value.

  • April 15, 2022 at 2:17 pm

    I wouldn’t trust this coaching staff to help Riechel one bit. Kid has tons of talent and needs a coach that knows how to get the best out of him. I look at Dach the same way just hope Colliton and King haven’t totally ruined him. Lets get a Coach and assistants and evaluate then, he’s just a kid right now and deserves the best we can give him.

  • April 15, 2022 at 2:19 pm

    Who knows how Kane would’ve turned out without Q

  • April 15, 2022 at 2:21 pm

    Dach sprained shoulder out tomorrow maybe back Monday. Kurachev and Dehaan out too, T. Johnson, Kubalik and Gus back in. Reichel to burn his elc year next year, Regula and Vlassic both staying up for now. Delia personal reason, Morris to backup, lets Soderblom play in Manitoba with Icehogs.

    Definitely be some forwards gone, don’t see a wholesale cleaning house right away. Draft and develop, replace that way, maybe add prospects when opportunity is right over next few years. May see some movement on blueline beyond not bringing back Dehaan and Gus if they feel the youngsters are ready to play, wait and see on that. Vlassic will start in Rfd. most likely next year and Crevier plus Roos be in Rfd. too so something gotta give for a couple more likely.

    Lankinen is pretty good at stopping the puck but needs some work on rebounds and a few fundamentals that are very coachable issues. Much better potential than having a fundamentally sound goalie who struggles stopping the puck, not alot you can work with then. I think with some refining of his game and an improved team defense in front of him, not a stretch to see him as a solid goalie. One thing i hope and believe we will see is the front office take their time with these youngsters and future ones. Hurry up and get it done days left with Bowman if this committment is real deal. Hopefully the days are gone of hearing how a young player who is still developing sucks, gets shipped out and then becomes a very good Nhl player somewhere else. Need some foresight genuis in this process and less hindsight or no sight genuis to make this successful.

  • April 15, 2022 at 2:26 pm

    Emilys dad, agree give these young players a chance with a coach who is better equipped to bring out the best in them, no need to rush at all.

  • April 15, 2022 at 3:45 pm

    thank you pat foley for punctuating great Hawks moments & not taking yourself too seriously…sorry you had to be sacrificed on the ever-burgeoning altar of political correctness…best wishes to Kirby for a speedy recovery from his vag injury….

  • April 15, 2022 at 3:48 pm

    Good to see red sweaters delivering checks that don’t bring penalties but make the other team respond! More of that
    Great to see Pat go out in top form – last year his skills seemed to be fading in the booth … mistaking names repeatedly, as an example, so I thought the time was right and that it might even be painful to suffer through his last season … but instead we all can be super happy to have enjoyed all that we got of Pat this year; whatever was dragging him down apparently is in the COVID-mess rearview mirror and now he can head to the links on a high note THANKS PAT!

  • April 15, 2022 at 9:39 pm


    I’ve watched this game twice now. Best game they’ve had from an emotional stand point for very long time. Pat was great and is great.

    Would be nice if him and Dale got together and called some taped games from the cup runs. They deserve it!

  • April 16, 2022 at 12:34 am

    hard to judge reichel until he plays with a man’s body. he better be on a stringent weight training program this summer.

    my sense so far. i don’t see what has enabled him to be successful at rockford. so far he looks to me like that 4a baseball player. too good for triple a, but not good enough to be successful in the big leagues. he certainly has not shown enough to burn a year of his elc. looks to me like another full year at rockford might not be a bad idea.

  • April 16, 2022 at 7:22 am

    listen LINDA, the part of “until he plays with a man’s body” is total dog crap.
    look at Kane and Toews, college frame and still played great!!

    in other words Dach, Reichel, Mitchell, and others that have played up here dont have it to be a top 6 or even top 9 on this team. they wouldnt be top 12 for SC contender teams.

  • April 16, 2022 at 11:45 am

    Goose Mav kinda right. Zegras is 6′ 173 Reichel 6′ 170.

  • April 16, 2022 at 12:30 pm

    Nice send off for Foley, he certainly deserves it.

  • April 17, 2022 at 9:21 pm

    Happy Trails Pat Foley. He seems like a very classy guy. I’ve heard numerous current radio guys outside Chicago and not one that ive heard could carry Pat’s bags. Some are just awful. Pat was incredible on radio. And JW is darn good too. Very fortunate to have each of them in Chi

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