Patrick Kane’s five biggest goals with the Chicago Blackhawks
By Justin Klawans
The lockout-shortened 2013 season was simply dominated by the Chicago Blackhawks. They won the President’s Trophy with the most points in the league and went on a remarkable 24-0-6 run during the regular season. In the playoffs, their star would come up again with another huge goal.
The Blackhawks faced the defending Stanley Cup Champions, the Los Angeles Kings, in the Western Conference Final. Despite the Blackhawks’ great season, LA was a powerhouse team that was tremendously deep and was backstopped by a great goalie in Jonathan Quick.
Many people thought that the series had the potential to go seven games. However, that was not to be as the Hawks quickly dispatched LA, proving that they were no longer the kings of the NHL. Chicago quickly jumped out to a 3-1 series lead going back to Game 5 at the United Center, with the chance to clinch the series in front of their home fans.
The Kings wouldn’t go down without a fight, as they brought the game to double overtime. However, midway through the period, a fortuitous bounce found Kane and Toews in a 2-on-1 against Quick. The dynamic duo sped down the ice, and Kane buried the one-timer to clinch the series and send the Hawks back to the Stanley Cup Final for the second time in four seasons.
The goal was his third of the game, giving Kane his second playoff hat trick. In the Final, the Hawks would face the Boston Bruins, and we all know how that ended. In one of the biggest moments of his career, Kaner gave it his all against LA and led his team on the path to ultimate victory.