It’s hard to believe that a few weeks ago, the Chicago Blackhawks were on the verge of elimination against the Detroit Red Wings as they trailed 3-1 in the semifinals of the 2013 NHL Playoffs. Now, the Blackhawks are back in the Stanley Cup Finals after a wild win over the previously defending champions Los Angeles Kings on Saturday.
The Blackhawks scored two quick goals in the first period, but they let the Kings back into the game in the second period before eventually going on to win the game 4-3 in double overtime. Patrick Kane came up big for Chicago when they needed him the most by recording a hat trick–including the game-winning goal with less than 10 minutes left in the second overtime–and this team seems to be playing their best hockey when it matters the most.
As crazy as this double-overtime game was, nothing was as crazy as the goal scored by Mike Richards with just under 10 seconds left in regulation to tie the game up at 3-3 before heading into overtime. With the way things started off at the beginning of the regular season, the Blackhawks have seemed like a team destined to win the Stanley Cup this season, but it certainly won’t be easy to win against a red-hot Boston Bruins team.
When talking about a team of destiny, Boston has seemed to overcome just about every obstacle possible over the last couple of weeks during their miraculous run to the Stanley Cup Finals–which means this series will certainly be fun to watch.
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