Kings defeat Blackhawks 5-4 in OT, head to Stanley Cup Final

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Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said he would have “no frill” in his pregame speech. Patrick Sharp scoffed at the idea of being nervous.

CT Blackhawks_Kings14795.JPGWhat the Blackhawks bottled up in emotion before the game, they let loose Sunday night during Game 7 of the Western Conference finals.

They didn’t go down without a fight.

In a series that has been filled with more unbelievable twists and turns than a soap opera, it was only fitting that the game was decided in overtime, the Kings a 5-4 winner on a Tyler Toffoli goal.

The Kings became the first NHL team to win three Game 7s on the road in the playoffs, and advanced to their second Stanley Cup Final in three seasons.

After so many magical victories by the Blackhawks, who had fought back from a 3-1 deficit behind the efforts of Patrick Kane to force Game 7,  the Kings had the last big play.

A Kings goal by Alec Martinez slipped behind goalie Corey Crawford after the puck bounced off of Hawks’ defenseman Nick Leddy at the 14:13 mark, and the Hawks’ bid to repeat as Stanley Cup champions was denied.

This was the first conference finals Game 7 overtime since 1994.

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  • no prize for 3rd place

    It truly was a great series.
    With that being said, some pieces of the puzzle need to be found. Some may argue that all the pieces are there, I don’t think so.
    We are missing a big present in front of the oponents net. Also I beleive we need to shop for another talented defense man.
    Another goalie you say? I am not sure. Some wil say we should keep what we have. I am on the fence with that, Crawford is talented, just not sure if his focus goes out the door for emotions. We will see what Coach Q does in the off season. I am quite sure
    a few will go though.

  • frank

    I never followed the LA Kings but they are certainly a tough team.
    They should have no trouble defeating the Rangers.
    The turning point in last evening's game was the lack of Hawk scoring with a two man advantage.
    What's with all the fancy passing? Just shoot the puck at the net and rush the goalie!
    As Eddie Olczyk says, "good things happen when you get the puck to the net"