NHL Kane plays hero in his return to Chicago

NHL: Kane plays hero in his return to Chicago

Sunday night's game between the Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings delivered everything it promised.

Before the game, the number 7 was retired by defenseman Chris Chelios, but Chicago fans were certainly even more excited about the return of their former idol Patrick Kane to the United Center for the first time since his departure for New York almost a year ago.

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The American also received a very nice ovation from the audience in the stands.

On the ice, Kane was at the center of the Red Wings' 3-2 overtime win. Most notably, he was an accomplice in Alex DeBrincat's equalizer at the end of the third period, but the best was yet to come.

With just over three minutes left in overtime, Kane didn't shake after being thrown by DeBrincat on a breakaway and firing the puck into the top left corner of goaltender Petr Mrazek to give his team the victory.

The Blackhawks have only themselves to blame, however, as they led 2-1 with less than five minutes to play thanks to hits from MacKenzie Entwistle and Nick Foligno.

Daniel Sprong was the other goalscorer for the visitors.

Detroit will return to action on Tuesday against the Washington Capitals. As for Connor Bedard's teammates, who had an assist in the game, they face the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday.