The Chicago Blackhawks advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals after a double overtime, 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings in Game 5, and they had a familiar hero as Patrick Kane notched the series-winning goal on his hat trick.
Both teams struggled to find the net after a scoreless overtime, but when Kane and Chicago captain Jonathan Toews got off on a two-on-one opportunity, the season was over for the defending Stanley Cup champions. The American put away his third goal of the contest and booked his team's tickets to the Stanley Cup Finals.
The incredible feat, according to NHL.com's Dan Rosen, was just 24 hours shy of the third anniversary of Kane's greatest moment as a pro: his overtime goal in Game 7 against Philadelphia in the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals.
The two sides were stalemated at 3-3 after the Kings tied things up late in the third period to keep their season alive. And after a back-and-forth first overtime period, both teams went to the locker room on tired legs.
As play carried on, the Kings continued to play desperate hockey as they knew a goal was needed to keep their defense of last year's Stanley Cup alive. They kept generating chances, refusing to give up. Led by Jonathan Quick's improvements and stingy goaltending late in the game, they had a chance to extend the series to Game 6.
But the Blackhawks didn't play like they had a 3-1 series lead, instead opting to attack Quick at will. It took a two-on-one chance with two of the most lethal offensive playmakers in the game for it to happen, and it made for a moment Blackhawks fans will never forget.