Thursday, May 24, 2018
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Blackhawks to face Bruins in Cup final

CHICAGO — Patrick Kane scored his third goal of the game 11:40 into the second overtime to put the Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup final with a 4-3 win over the Kings in Game 5 of the Western Conference final on Saturday.

Chicago, which won the series 4-1, faces the Bruins in Game 1 of the Cup final at home on Wednesday. The teams have won two of the past three Cups, the Blackhawks in 2010 and the Bruins in 2011.

The winning play started when Chicago's Bryan Bickell won a puck battle along the boards in his zone and got a pass off up the ice to Jonathan Toews in the Kings zone. Toews shot a pass cross-ice to Kane, who was coming into the zone alone. Kane put a slap shot past Jonathan Quick.

The game was sent into overtime when Kings center Mike Richards, who had missed the previous three games with a concussion, scored on a tip-in from the slot with 9.4 seconds left in regulation. Anze Kopitar's shot hit Richards and went past Corey Crawford, stunning a sellout United Center crowd.

The defending Cup champion King were trailing 3-2 after Kane's second of the night with 3:52 left in regulation.

They couldn't get Quick off the ice for the extra attacker as time wound down because the Blackhawks kept pushing. However, Bickell iced the puck with 14.4 seconds left, setting up a faceoff to the right of Crawford after Los Angeles used its timeout.

The Bruins and Blackhawks meet with the Stanley Cup on the line for the first time. This is the first time Original Six teams have played in a Cup final since 1979.

Around the league: The Oilers fired coach Ralph Krueger after one season as the team missed the playoffs for the seventh consecutive year. New general manager Craig MacTavish said a week of discussions with Krueger about bringing on a veteran assistant coach led to his decision. Krueger will be replaced by Dallas Eakins, coach of the Maple Leafs' AHL team, reports said. … A day after acquiring the rights to onetime All-Star defenseman Sergei Gonchar, 39, from the Senators, the Stars signed him to a two-year, $10 million deal. Gonchar could have been a free agent July 5.

AHL final: Lightning affiliate Syracuse opened the Calder Cup final with a 3-1 loss to visiting Grand Rapids, the Red Wings' affiliate. Jean-Philippe Cote scored for Syracuse. Game 2 is at 6 tonight at Syracuse.

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First Period1, Chicago, Keith 2 (Rozsival), 3:42. 2, Chicago, Kane 4 (Toews, Bickell), 5:59. PenaltiesNone.

Second Period3, Los Angeles, King 2 (Williams, Quick), 9:28 (sh). PenaltiesPenner, LA (interference), 7:50; Toews, Chi (interference), 15:38.

Third Period4, Los Angeles, Kopitar 3 (Carter, Richards), 3:34 (pp). 5, Chicago, Kane 5 (Bickell), 16:08. 6, Los Angeles, Richards 3 (Kopitar, Voynov), 19:50. PenaltiesBickell, Chi (boarding), 2:50; Greene, LA (cross-checking), 9:45. First OvertimeNone. PenaltiesNone. Second Overtime7, Chicago, Kane 6 (Toews), 11:40. PenaltiesNone. Shots on GoalLos Angeles 4-8-11-11-2—36. Chicago 10-6-8-6-5—35. Power-play opportunitiesLos Angeles 1 of 2; Chicago 0 of 2. GoaliesLos Angeles, Quick 9-9-0 (35 shots-31 saves). Chicago, Crawford 12-5-0 (36-33).

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