The Chicago Blackhawks advanced to the Stanley Cup Final for the second time in four years, ousting the defending champion Los Angeles Kings in Game 5 by a 4-3 final in double-overtime.
The Blackhawks face the Boston Bruins in the first all-Original Six since the Montreal Canadiens defeated the New York Rangers in 1979. It’s the 11th meeting between the two franchises in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Patrick Kane, widely criticized for under-performing earlier in the series, netted a hat trick for the Blackhawks, including the game-winner at 11:40 of double overtime.
The game-winner started with a turnover by the Kings in the attacking zone. Anze Kopitar played the puck around the boards to a pinching Slava Voynov, who lost a puck battle to Bryan Bickel. Toews raced down the left side and fed a perfect puck to Kane, who fired an equally perfect shot past Jonathan Quick for the game winner.