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Reporter defends baffling 'was that your 1st OT goal?' question to Patrick Kane

Harrison Mooney
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Chicago Blackhawks' Patrick Kane looks up after missing a shot against the St. Louis Blues during the first period in Game 4 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series in Chicago, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Patrick Kane played the hero for the Chicago Blackhawks in Wednesday night's Game 4 with the St. Louis Blues, scoring the 4-3 overtime winner to send the series back to St. Louis tied at two games apiece. His reward: a media scrum, where he would be asked questions about the goal he just scored.

One such question: "Patrick, was this your first overtime game-winner?"

"I'll have to check that," Kane responds, "I think I've got a couple."

Kane's actually got 4 overtime winners in his career -- three in the postseason, and one in the regular season.

You could expect someone to forget the regular-season one, which was his first one. It came over six years ago, on March 23, 2008, and even though it was the first OT winner of Kane's career, it was a regular-season winner in a year where the Blackhawks didn't make the postseason. That could slip one's mind. 

But a few of the others are pretty memorable. Kane's got something of a reputation for scoring big goals.

Off the top of my head -- and most every other hockey fan's head, for that matter -- is the one he scored that won the Chicago Blackhawks the Stanley Cup back in 2010. That was a fairly notable overtime game-winner. Again: it was immediateiy followed by the raising of the Stanley Cup:

It's hardly the only one, though.

Last postseason, when the Blackhawks also won the Cup, Kane scored the series winner in overtime in Game 5 of the Western Conference Final versus the Los Angeles Kings.

Considering it was also a hat trick goal, it came in double overtime (which tends to be twice as memorable), it propelled the Blackhawks to the Stanley Cup Final, and it was basically the impetus for Kane winning the Conn Smythe trophy six games later, you'd think that one wouldn't have escaped someone's memory.

Especially not someone based in Chicago, let alone someone who's been there to interview Kane for both of his other playoff overtime goals:

Kusinski, who works for NBC Chicago, explained in a tweet, since deleted, that she was trying to lead Kane into talking about his past winners.

"I did ask Kane about GW in OT, trying to lead him into talking about the others - He didn't, and question fell flat," she tweeted.

Fair enough. One would argue that the question fell flat because it sounded like you didn't know Patrick Kane had ever done this before, and it's hard to give a credible answer to a question so incredible.

s/t to Deadspin.

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