VIDEO: Blackhawks, Kings trade leads in crazy third period
The Blackhawks somehow came out of the third period with a 4-3 win after two lead changes in the closing frame to force a Game 7.
Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals had a lot to live up to after one of the most thrilling games of the entire postseason ended with a 5-4 double-overtime win for the Chicago Blackhawks. Game 6 may not be remembered as fondly as Game 5, but it’s going to be real close.
With the two teams trading leads four times, including twice in the third period, the game was just ridiculous.
Here's how the third period went.
First, Doughty converted on a broken play when Dustin Brown's pass hit Blackhawks forward Brandon Saad's skate and ended up right on Doughty's stick. He cut to the middle and fired a perfect shot through a screen and past Corey Crawford to make it 2-2 and give the Kings some much-needed life 5:32 into the third period.
That goal really flipped the game as shortly after Jonathan Toews took a penalty to give the Kings their first power play of the game.
Once again, the puck came to Doughty on a broken play and once again he cut to the middle, but this time he made a beautiful backhand pass to Alec Martinez alone in the high slot. Martinez put it through Crawford 2:06 after Doughty's tying tally.
Just when it looked like the Kings were about to move on to the finals, the Blackhawks came storming back.
Duncan Keith tied the game back up after a terrific pass from Patrick Kane to the slot left Keith open for a shot that found its way through Jonathan Quick four minutes after Martinez's marker. That goal could not have come at a better time as the Blackhawks were just absolutely getting dominated for a bit there as the Kings looked to suffocate the game.
The game remained very evenly matched the rest of the period, but then Patrick Kane was given a little too much time and a lot of space. When the game is on the line, that's the guy the Blackhawks want with the puck. He flicked a shot from the top of the faceoff circles that found its way inside the left post.
The Blackhawks regained the lead and they held onto it for a 4-3 win.
In a span of less than 11 minutes, the teams traded leads in one of the most moody periods we've seen this entire postseason.
The Kings very nearly tied the game in the closing seconds of the third period, but a few key saves from Corey Crawford and some blocks in front forces Game 7 and this series deserves to have it.
When these two teams ended up in this Western Conference Finals, we knew it would be fun, but could have any predicted this series be this dramatic and entertaining? You couldn't write this stuff any better.
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