Kane gets earful at homecoming, but Blackhawks leave with a win
BUFFALO, N.Y. – Patrick Kane, back home in Buffalo for the first time since a three-month investigation into a rape allegation resulted in no charges, was booed at the start and at the finish, when he tied the game with 34 seconds left and then scored the only shootout goal that gave Chicago a 3-2 win over the Sabres on Saturday.
"Definitely a special ending," Kane said.
From the first time he carried the puck, he was jeered. The boos grew louder when he converted Artemi Panarin's pass through the crease to tie the game while Chicago enjoyed a 6-on-3 advantage, with goalie Corey Crawford pulled for an extra attacker.
"I didn't really have any expectations," Kane said. "Some of the guys were laughing on the bench saying I was getting booed. And some guys said I was getting cheered. You try to block that stuff out."
•KEEPER OF THE FLAMES: St. Louis beat visiting Calgary for the sixth consecutive time dating to April 2011, getting a goal and two assists from Vladimir Tarasenko in a 3-2 victory. Brian Elliott made 36 saves. The loss ended a seven-game win streak for the Flames. Calgary also fell to 5-10-2 on the road.
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