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This buzzer-beating CLAPPER from Patrick Kane somehow didn't count and that's a travesty

February 22, 2023

With the NHL Trade Deadline fast-approaching (March 3), the No. 1 name currently still on the block is Chicago Blackhawks legend Patrick Kane. The Hawks have five games between now and March 3, four of them on the road and the fifth, on Thursday March 2, at home.

Chances are Kane will get moved before then, and even if he doesn't he'll likely be held out of the March 2 game to avoid a freak injury that would kill his trade value. That means Tuesday night may very well have been Kane's final home game as a Blackhawk at the United Center, and he nearly pulled off one of the all-time signature sendoffs in overtime.

With just five seconds left in the extra period against the Las Vegas Golden Knights, No. 88 broke free and crossed the blue line with under two seconds to go. Knowing he had to get a shot off, Kane loaded up for an absolute CLAPPER that caught the top-left shelf for what appeared to be a buzzer-beating goal that sent the place into a frenzy. Replay review, however, determined he was about a millisecond late:

Man, we know the Knights are in a heated battle for the top of the Pacific Division out West, but this is one of those times where somebody in Toronto should have stepped in and been like "guys, let's just let this one count." Also, at least judging by this picture, it did count?

Of course, the broadcast time is not the official time, and the green light rules all here. Going back and watching the clip, the green light was on before the puck found the net. So no goal it is. Chicago won anyway in a shootout, but is there any bigger letdown than a game like that ending in a trash-bag shootout? Here you had a chance at an incredible final goal at home for a franchise legend, and it got spoiled with a clown convention 1-on-1 shootut. So lame. So hockey.