2. Patrick Kane Finishes Hat Trick, Sends Blackhawks To Stanley Cup Final (June 8, 2013)
In 2013, the Blackhawks faced the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals.
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In a game that may have solidified Kane as the Conn Smythe frontrunner heading into the Stanley Cup Final, he took it upon himself to power the Blackhawks past the Kings.
Scoring two goals earlier in the night, Kane and the Blackhawks would need one more in double overtime to eliminate the Kings. After Bryan Bickell was able to win a battle in the Kings zone, Jonathan Toews took the puck into the Blackhawks zone with Kane alongside him, slipped the puck right into Kane’s wheelhouse, and Kane buried the one-timer past Jonathan Quick to give the Blackhawks the 4-3 win.
The celebration is one for the history books as Kane skated to center ice, hit his knees and made a heartbreaker motion as hats rained down from the United Center crowd. Chicago would go on to beat the Boston Bruins in another stunning finish to win its second Stanley Cup in four years.
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