Patrick Kane's hat trick launches Blackhawks into Stanley Cup final

Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane celebrates scoring the game-winning overtime goal against the Kings...

Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane celebrates scoring the game-winning overtime goal against the Kings with teammate Andrew Shaw during Game 5 of the NHL Western Conference final at the United Center in Chicago, June 8, 2013. (JIM YOUNG/Reuters)

RANDY SPORTAK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:29 AM ET

CHICAGO - Patrick Kane picked the perfect time to show his flair for the dramatic.

The Chicago Blackhawks star winger broke out from his scoring struggles in the NHL playoffs by capping a hat-trick performance with the double-overtime game-winner in Saturday's 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings to clinch the Western Conference final in five games and send the ‘Hawks to an Original Six Stanley Cup final against the Boston Bruins.

“Right now it feels like the best (game of my life),” Kane said when asked to compare it against other great outings. “June 10 or June 9 a few years ago was also a good night, but right now it feels like I'm in a different zone, a Twilight Zone.”

The final, pitting clubs who have never met in the championship round, is due to begin Wednesday in Chicago.

Kane, whose offensive prowess had been very quiet in post-season play since he netted the Stanley Cup-clincher against the Philadelphia Flyers in 2010, looked like he had Saturday’s winner when he scored late in regulation, only to see Kings centre Mike Richards score with 9.4 seconds remaining in regulation and force extra time.


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