This was it…Game 7. Winner of this final match was going to the Stanley Cup to play against the New York Rangers. Both Chicago and Los Angeles knew they were going to have to be aggressive in order to win this game.
The first period favored Chicago hugely as Brandon Saad put the Blackhawks on top with his amazing snap shot five minutes into the first period. Then, the Kings’ Justin Williams got penalized with the tripping call and was sent to the penalty box, and The Blackhawks capitalized on the opportunity. Jonathan Toews made the score 2-0 with a goal scored 8:36 into the first. The Kings later answered back with two quick goals from Jeff Carter and Justin Williams. But, the game was tied for only 12 seconds as Patrick Sharp recorded his fourth goal of the playoffs. At the end of the first, the score was 3-2 favoring Chicago.
The second period was intense as both teams began to play a little more assertive. The Kings tied it up as Tyler Toffoli scored 10:31 into the second. The Kings were also penalized for the fifth time tonight — Trevor Lewis was sent to the box after holding Andrew Shaw on a two-on-one breakaway opportunity. Patrick Sharp scored his second goal of the game (his fifth of the postseason) to give the Blackhawks the lead back. It was 4-3 heading into the third period.
The third period was back and forth. The Kings outshot the Blackhawks 14-13 in the final 20 minutes, but the one goal that mattered was scored by Marian Gaborik of the Los Angeles Kings. This game was headed to overtime.
Game 7. Overtime. Winner goes to the Stanley Cup. One goal was all that mattered.
The Blackhawks started overtime very aggressive and finished by outshooting the Kings 5-3. But, Los Angeles was able to get one past Corey Crawford in OT, giving the Kings a 5-4 victory.
The win sent the Kings to the Stanley Cup for their second time in three years, as the team attempts to hoist The Cup, again, after a 2012 championship run.