Blackhawks' Patrick Kane shows up in the nick of time

Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane is congratulated by Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick after Game 5 of...

Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane is congratulated by Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick after Game 5 of the NHL Western Conference final at the United Center in Chicago, June 8, 2013. (JIM YOUNG/Reuters)

ROB LONGLEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:55 AM ET

CHICAGO - In the end, the win that got away didn't matter.

It didn't matter that the Chicago Blackhawks retreated after building an early and potentially insurmountable 2-0 lead with a Stanley Cup final berth hanging in the balance.

It didn't matter that they channelled their inner Toronto Maple Leafs late in the third period and ultimately it didn't matter that Los Angeles Kings star Mike Richards forced overtime with just 9.4 seconds remaining.

It didn't matter because the final-bound ‘Hawks have Patrick Kane, whose hat trick for the ages was capped off with the game-winner at the 11:40 mark of the second overtime period.

In one game, Kane doubled his playoff goal total from three to six and helped the ‘Hawks win 4-3 and clinch the series 4-1 to set up a Stanley Cup final against the Boston Bruins.


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