Moment 6: Patrick Kane dethrones the Kings in Game 5
The Blackhawks had two years of absence from the Western Conference finals prior to 2013. Meanwhile, the Kings had won the Stanley Cup in 2012. The Kings were hoping to be the first back-to-back champions since 1996-97 and 1997-98.
The Blackhawks jumped on the Kings early, going 2-0 at home. The Kings rebounded and won Game 3 while Duncan Keith got suspended for hitting Jeff Carter in the face. Hjalmarsson was huge for the ’Hawks in Game 4 and the Blackhawks won.
The Blackhawks returned home to finish off the Kings in Game 5. Keith scored on his first shot of the game to give the ’Hawks an early lead. Kane put the Blackhawks up 2-0 early in the first period.
However, the Kings would not go quietly into the night. Dwight King scored in the second period to cut lead in half. Anze Kopitar would tie the game in the third period, only to have Kane retake the lead. With the game seemingly sown up, Mike Richards tallied the game-tying goal with 10 seconds left in regulation.
The game would go into overtime, where Toews and Kane would strike the fatal blow to the Kings.