Able Kane’s double-OT goal sends Blackhawks into Cup Finals

Updated: June 9, 2013


Patrick Kane’s goal with 8:20 remaining in
double overtime, his third of the contest, sent the Chicago Blackhawks into
the Stanley Cup Finals thanks to a 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings
in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals from United Center.

Jonathan Toews carried the puck from the neutral zone all the way up ice on
the left wing, until sliding a perfect cross-ice dish to Kane, who one-timed
the series winner home from the right circle.

Duncan Keith recorded the other score for the Blackhawks, who flirted with
disaster — having wasted a 2-0 lead in the first period and a 3-2 advantage
with less than 10 seconds in regulation — but rebounded to advance to the
title round for the first time since winning it all in 2010.

Corey Crawford stopped 33-of-36 shots in the triumph.

Dwight King, Anze Kopitar and Mike Richards lit the lamp for the Kings, who
made an heroic last stand facing elimination, but failed in their quest to
become the first repeat winner since the Red Wings of 1997-98.

Jonathan Quick made 31 saves in the season-ending defeat, the longest playoff
game in Los Angeles history.

Coupled with Boston’s advancing in a sweep against Pittsburgh on Friday, the
NHL championship will feature two Original Six franchises for the first time
since the Montreal Canadiens and New York Rangers squared off in 1979.