Former Blackhawks star Patrick Kane returns to Chicago with a storybook ending

Detroit Red Wings v Chicago Blackhawks
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It was an emotional day at the United Center with the Chicago Blackhawks welcoming the Detroit Red Wings. Not only was Chris Chelios watching his Number 7 go to the rafters, but Patrick Kane was playing his first game at the UC from the visitors side.

Kane might have only been in Detroit for a few months but he has already made a big impact on the team. Going into his return to Chicago, the former first overall pick had played in 25 games with the Wings, putting up 24 points during that time.

Patrick Kane ends a storybook return to the United Center with a 3-2 Overtime win for the Detroit Red Wings over the Chicago Blackhawks

The Chicago Blackhawks are starting a new era with Connor Bedard. In starting that era, the team said goodbye to Kane last season, choosing to trade the franchise icon to the New York Rangers.

Kane ended up signing with the Detroit Red Wings this past fall after successfully recovering from hip surgery. Now he is helping to get Detroit to the postseason playing some of the best hockey he has played in a long time.

After a lengthy ceremony in honor of Chelios's number retirement. Kane took the ice for his return to Chicago with his new team. While watching the former Hawk wear a Rangers uniform and make a run for the Stanley Cup felt strange, his return to Chicago with the Red Wings felt even weirder.

It was a nice touch by the Red Wings to give Kane the A on his jersey for the night, and just some ten minutes into the game during the first TV time out the United Center showed Kane their support.

The Blackhawks gave the Red Wings a pretty good run in this one. Obviously it would have been cool to see Connor Bedard score a goal against the former face of the franchise, but at least we got to see the two face off. Bedard even got a pretty good hit in on Kane.

Afterwards Kane had a pretty funny response to Bedard's hit.

Kane assisted on Alex DeBrincat's goal. The one cool thing about Kane going to the Red Wings is getting to see him play alongside DeBrincat once again. The two have rebuilt their chemistry rather quickly and have put together a great line with DeBrincat and Kane on the wings alongside Dylan Larkin.

It was a storybook return to Chicago, down to the very end. Kane scored the game winner in overtime for the Red Wings, it was arguably the loudest the United Center has ever been after a loss.

The Red Wings and Blackhawks have no other matchups this season. Detroit won both of their games against Chicago.