(CHICAGO) — Patrick Kane made sure the Chicago Blackhawks didn’t have to travel back to Los Angeles for a Game 6.
The Blackhawks winger scored three goals, including the game winner with 8:20 left in the second overtime, sending the Blackhawks to the Stanley Cup Finals for the second time in fours years, with a 4-3 win over the Los Angeles Kings Saturday night.
“Right now it feels like the best,” Kane said when asked if this was his best game of his career. ” I think June 10 or June 9 a few years ago was also a good night. But right now I think it’s almost like I’m in a different zone, like in the Twilight Zone or something. I’m kind of out of it. It’s definitely a good feeling, though.”
It looked like the Hawk’s had the game wrapped up in regulation, but the Kings Mike Richards scored with 10 seconds left in the game, sending it to overtime.
It was a back and forth battle from there, but it ended when Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews placed a perfect pass to Kane on a two-on-two break, and Kane snapped it past Jonathan Quick for the win.
The Blackhawks now advance to play the Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup Finals.
It’s the first time since 1979 that two Original Six franchises will meet in the finals.
Game 1 is Wednesday night in Chicago. The puck is set to drop at 8.00 p.m. Eastern.
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