Chicago Blackhawks reach Stanley Cup final after eliminating Los Angeles
The two teams for the NHL Stanley Cup finals are set and play will began on Wednesday June 12. The Boston Bruins swept the Pittsburgh Penguins in four games to reach the Cup, while the Chicago Blackhawks needed five games to eliminate the Los Angeles Kings.
On Saturday night, Patrick Kane scored a hat trick for the Blackhawks, while Corey Crawford stopped 33 shots by Los Angeles, including 13 in overtime.
The game was back and forth and up and down the ice for the full three periods of regulation. Chicago jumped out on top with two early first period goals, but Los Angeles came back in the second with one goal and tied the game early in the third period with another goal.
Chicago looked as if it had won the game in regulation when Kane netted a wrist shot past Kings’ goalie Jonathan Quick with just over 3:00 minutes left in regulation.
However, Los Angeles was not done and with just over 9 seconds left in regulation, tied the score on a deflection in front of the net off a late faceoff.
At 11:40 of the second overtime, Kane scored his third goal of the game and the Blackhawks were able to finally eliminate the Kings.
Chicago has had the best record the entire regular season and favored to reach the Stanley Cup. Even though Chicago and Boston are two of the original six hockey franchises, the two have never played in the finals of the Stanley Cup.
Game 1 will be played June 12 and game 2 on June 15, both in Chicago.