Repeat Dreams Crushed: LA Kings Defeat the Chicago Blackhawks 5-4.

By Sean Fitzgerald

Jun 1, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks and Los Angeles Kings players shake hands after game seven of the Western Conference Final of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

In an epic series featuring two of best teams in the NHL, The LA Kings defeated the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 7 of the Western Conference Final. The Blackhawks feel just short of their quest of becoming repeat NHL champions. This game was the first Conference final Game 7 to head into overtime since 1994. The Kings meanwhile will be returning to Stanley Cup for the second time in three years. Congrats to both teams in this series, this was one for the ages.

Here is the period recap:

1st period: The first period was insane even for a Game 7. The Blackhawks jumped out to the early lead. Brandon Saad continued to dominate play as of late. Saad received a pass for Kane to score a short sided goal. The Blackhawks went on the power play when Patrick Kane deflect a shot right to Jonathan Toews who scored the easiest goal of his career. The Blackhawks lead 2-0. The Kings showed their resolve as Jeff Carter got the Kings on the board. Less than a minute later, Justin Williams tied the game at 2. The Blackhawks responded right back with a goal from the Snake bitten Patrick Sharp. Period one ended with the Blackhawks leading 3-2.

2nd period: The second period was closely played. The Kings tied the game with a Tyler Toffoli goal midway through the period. Later in the period Patrick Sharp helped propel the Blackhawks to a 4-3 lead. The period ended with the Blackhawks leading 4-3. The Blackhawks outshot the Kings 16-4 in the second period.

3rd period: The third period had its fair share of rushes and plays made by both teams. There were not many shots on goal. Marian Gaborik scored his 12th goal of the Stanley Cup playoffs and tied the game. The Blackhawks had a great rush to end the game with Brandon Saad, Andrew Shaw, and Patrick Kane. This game went to overtime; it was the first conference final Game 7 since 1994.

Overtime: The Blackhawks had some great shifts with the Saad, Shaw, and Kane line. The United Center felt the Blackhawks championship dreams being realized only to have them crushed. Alec Martinez scored the game winner on a tip-in. The final score was 5-4 in favor of the Kings. The Kings become the first team to reach the Stanley Cup Final after going the distance in the first three rounds.

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