The writers from NHL.com picked their best games of 2012-13. Here’s one of 10 that involved the Kings (with comments and analysis from NHL.com):
Chicago 3, Kings 2 (2 OT), June 8, United Center
Days before Game 5 of the Western Conference Final against the Los Angeles Kings, Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said for his team to continue its run through the Stanley Cup Playoffs it would need more from its top players, especially Patrick Kane, their leading point-producer in the regular season.
Kane responded with a goal in Game 4, but it was his first in eight games.
In Game 5, he gave Quenneville everything he wanted.
He followed Duncan Keith’s first-period goal with a score of his own to give the Blackhawks a 2-0 lead after one period. After the Kings tied it in the third, Kane’s quick one-timer from the slot with 3:52 left gave Chicago the lead. After Los Angeles forced overtime with a goal with 9.4 seconds left in regulation, Kane became the hero when he ripped a shot over the glove of a sliding Jonathan Quick to cap his second playoff hat trick and send the Blackhawks to the Stanley Cup Final.
As Quenneville said after the game, “That was more than more.”