NEAR WEST SIDE — Many of Patrick Kane's goals are things of beauty.
From an on-the-glass, slow-motion perspective, they are even more breathtaking.
Boka Restaurant Group co-owner Kevin Boehm, sitting in the front row of Section 115 at the United Center, captured the second of Kane's two third-period goals during Friday's 5-2 Chicago Blackhawks victory over the Minnesota Wild in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals.
Boehm aired the video in slow motion on his Facebook page following the game. It clearly shows a neat deflection from linemate Ben Smith that landed perfectly on the stick of Kane, who tucked the puck in behind helpless Wild goalie Ilya Bryzgalov. The camera then cuts away from the action after the puck crosses line the.
"It's funny, I started filming right before the goal, and was so excited I couldn't capture his full reaction," said Boehm, 43, of Roscoe Village. "My timing was good, but emotions took over at the end."
In the third period in front of Boehm, Kane also notched a brilliant game-winning individual tally after the Wild had tied the score at 2-2, on Friday.
"Amazing," was how Boehm describe Kane's first lamp-lighter, "and being able to share that with some of my best friends, well, that makes it perfect."
Boehm said he's been to about eight Hawks games this season and between 40 and 50 in his lifetime. He said front-row tickets provide an "incredible experience."
"In terms of seeing a sport live, hockey is probably the best, playoff hockey elevates that, and being on the glass makes it even more intense," he said.
Game 2 of the best-of-seven series is Sunday at 2 p.m. at United Center.
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