Patrick Kane's third goal of the game in the second overtime of Game 5 of the Western Conference finals on Saturday night lifted the Blackhawks over the Kings 4-3 and into the Stanley Cup Final against the Boston Bruins. Game 1 is at 7 p.m. on Wednesday at the United Center. In perhaps the most brilliant performance of Kane's career, he scored a hat trick. On the winner, Kane skated behind Jonathan Toews charging forward and picked up the drop pass from the Hawks captain. Kane then rifled a shot high and past Jonathan Quick’s glove for the exhilarating winner. “I knew it was coming as soon as he touched the puck,” Kane said. “Johnny made a great pass, I just tried to get it off as quick as I could.” Kane's second goal of Game 5 provided a late lead, the Kings' Mike Richards stunningly scored with 9.4 seconds left in regulation and then no one broke through after that, sending matters to a second overtime tied 3-3 at the United Center. A blast from Duncan Keith and a brilliant Patrick Kane goal opened the scoring but the Kings answered with two scores, with a power play goal by Anze Kopitar tying it at 2-2 early in the third period. Kane, then, seemingly ended it all. Bryan Bickell may have gotten away with a trip in front of the net to get to a puck, which he then backhanded to Kane in the slot. Kane one-timed it for his third goal in two games and a 3-2 lead at the 16:08 mark. The United Center was girded for victory until a fateful faceoff in the final seconds. The Kings won it, and a Kopitar shot on net was tipped by Richards and beat Corey Crawford for the 3-3 tie with 9.4 seconds to play. Keith, of course, served a one-game suspension in Game 4 for a high stick on the Kings' Jeff Carter in the previous game. It didn't take long for him to make an impact on Saturday, thanks to a Kings line change and some shoddy goaltending.
Kane sends Hawks to finals with hat trick in double-overtime victory
Chicago Tribune | Jun 9