Patrick Kane had every reason not to play Monday night against the Los Angeles Kings.

Hours before the start of the Blackhawks’ 5-3 win, Kane learned that his grandfather, Donald Kane, had died.

As difficult as it was for Kane to play, he put on an inspired performance against the Kings, scoring two goals and assisting on another to lead the Blackhawks to their third win this season over the Kings.

After the game, an emotional Kane said it was difficult playing knowing that the man who played such an important role in his life was gone.

“It was a tough day overall,” Kane said. “He was one of my great friends growing up. It’s just a really sad, sad day. It was important to get the win, but any time you someone taken away from you, who’s so close to you, who means so much, it’s tough to get ready for the game.”

“He lived next door to me my whole childhood. We would do things like play cards and hang out by the pool throughout the summers. He came to all of my hockey games ... It was a tough day for sure.”

After scoring on the power play in the first period, Kane pointed to the sky in tribute of his grandfather. Later in the period, he assisted on a goal by Bryan Bickell before scoring his 27th goal of the season in the third period to seal the win.

Marcus Kruger and Nick Leddy also scored for the Hawks, who beat the Kings for the third time this season. With two games left before the break for the Winter Olympics, the Blackhawks lead the Central Division by three points over the St. Louis Blues.