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Kane sends Blackhawks into Game 7 with Kings

05/31/2014, 1:10am EDT
By ASSOCIATED PRESS

LOS ANGELES — Patrick Kane scored the tie-breaking goal with 3:45 to play, and the Chicago Blackhawks forced a decisive seventh game in the Western Conference finals with a 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Friday night.

Kane scored two goals and set up Duncan Keith's tying goal with 8:26 left in regulation to help the defending Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks avoid elimination for the second straight game.

Chicago blew a lead entering the third period on goals by Drew Doughty and Alec Martinez, but won it with a brilliant effort by the enigmatic Kane.

After Kane made the pass to set up Keith's tying goal, he ripped a long shot through traffic in front of Jonathan Quick for the winner.

Game 7 is in Chicago on Sunday night.

Drew Doughty scored the tying goal and set up Alec Martinez's go-ahead score early in the third period for the Kings, who were less than nine minutes away from their second trip to the finals in three years.

Chicago led 2-1 entering the third after getting goals from Kane and Ben Smith early in the second period, and Staples Center echoed with worry until Doughty tied it with 14:28 left.

Doughty then collected the puck during a power play and fed Martinez for a low shot through traffic, putting the Kings ahead 3-2.

But the Blackhawks pressed for a tying goal, and got it when Keith beat Quick with 8:26 left.

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