Last night in the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs, the defending NHL Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks looked to make it back to the Finals by defeating the Los Angeles Kings in Game Seven.
Los Angeles Kings – 5 Chicago Blackhawks – 4 (OT) (Kings win series 3-1)
*It took overtime, but the Los Angeles Kings guaranteed that we’ll have a new NHL Stanley Cup champion by eliminating the defending champion Chicago Blackhawks. Alec Martinez was credited with the game-winning goal at 5:47 of OT on a shot that deflected off of a Blackhawks player in front and into the net. The Blackhawks jumped out to a 2-0 lead on goals by Brandon Saad and Jonathan Toews, but the Kings tied it up thanks to Jeff Carter and Justin Williams. Just eight seconds after Williams tied the game, the Hawks took the lead back on a goal by Patrick Sharp. The two teams traded goals in the second period. First, Tyler Toffili once again tied the game but Sharp scored his second of the game to give the Hawks the lead once again. The Hawks led 4-3 heading into the third, but couldn’t hold on as Marian Gaborik scored his 12th goal of the playoffs at 12:43 of the third. The teams traded chances for the rest of the period, but nothing went in, leading to overtime. Jonathan Quick made 37 saves, including five in OT, in victory while Corey Crawford made 27 saves in defeat. The Blackhawks power play went 2 for 5, but failed to capitalize on a 5-on-3 in the second period. The Kings have gone to Game 7 in every series this postseason, winning them all. They are also 7-0 in elimination games. They will take on the New York Rangers in the NHL Stanley Cup Finals, which begins on June 4th.