4. June 8, 2013 United Center
Western Conference Finals Game #5- Chicago Blackhawks- 4 Los Angeles Kings-3 2OT
The Hawks were coming off a huge Game #4 win in Hollywood and were looking for their 2nd finals appearance in 4 years. This game had everything you could ask for from goals to great goalies with Jonathan Quick somehow getting beat 4 times but also looking like the defending Conn Smythe trophy winner.
The Hawks had a 2-0 lead and with the Kings scoring issues looked like they would have a tough time getting the game tied at 2, but Anze Kopitar finally arrived and scored on the powerplay to tie the score in the third period.
The Blackhawks thought they were well on their way to the Finals when Bryan Bickell stole the puck on what Kings say was a trip but the replays clearly showed it wasn’t and threw it front to Patrick Kane who buried it. The Hawks were on their way until Bickell iced the puck and the Kings won the faceoff and the puck went off Mike Richards leg and pass Crawford to tie the game with 10 seconds left.
The game headed not to just one overtime but a second overtime and it almost became a battle of survival with many players on both sides struggling to skate with any speed. Somehow Toews got the puck and on a perfectly executed 2 on 1 Patrick Kane scored the winner and the hat trick and the Hawks were on their way back to the finals!!
3. June 19, 2013 TD Garden
Game #4 Stanley Cup Finals- Chicago Blackhawks-6 Boston Bruins-5 OT
After the Blackhawks were shut out in Game #3 in Boston the critics, experts, and anyone near Boston were predicting the Hawks wouldn’t win another game in this series and that the series was over. Chicago fans were expecting a perfect storm in Boston and that is exactly what happened with a rare bad outing by #50.
Michal Handzus opened the flood gates with a short-handed goal and a rare high scoring game was on. The biggest difference in this game was that the Hawks were able to get through the neutral zone, they were winning faceoffs again, and they were attacking Zdeno Chara and the front of the net which was evidence in Jonathan Toews tip-in and Marcus Kruger second effort goal in front of Tuukka Rask.
When Patrick Sharp scored a rare powerplay goal on the doorstep in the third for a 5-4 lead it looked like project tie up the series was complete, but then Johnny Boychuk blew one past the most talked glove hand ever in Crawford’s to tie the score.
Crawford saved the day which led to a wild play in the Bruins end and it ended with Brent Seabrook’s 2nd OT overtime winner of the playoffs and a tied series heading back to Chicago.