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June 8, 2013 | By David Wharton
CHICAGO -- If nothing else, Anze Kopitar went down fighting. Struggling through a postseason that had seen him looking sluggish at times, unable to score with any regularity, the Kings center on Saturday night came up with his best game in a month. Unfortunately for the Kings, his goal and desperate assist were not enough to prevent a 4-3 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks in the second overtime at the United Center. The defeat meant an end to the season for the Kings, with Chicago taking the Western Conference finals, four games to one, and advancing to face the Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup Final.
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June 8, 2013 | By Andrew Gastelum
Patrick Kane comes through with a hat trick by scoring the game-winning goal in the second overtime with 8:20 left to eliminate the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings. Kane, who finishes with a hat trick, and captain Jonathan Toews connect on their third breakaway of the second overtime to beat Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick to his glove side. There were nine hits in the first 10 minutes, but only three shots. Then Kane ended things after Toews skated onto a loose puck high in the Kings' zone and had only one defender to beat.
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June 8, 2013 | By David Haugh
CHICAGO -- It had to end this way, with a moment meant for the cover of a media guide. A game this good deserved an ending this dramatic. So when Patrick Kane scored his third goal of the game high over the glove of Kings goalie Jonathan Quick's glove to give the Blackhawks a 4-3 double-overtime win in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals Saturday night, poetic justice was served in Chicago. A hat trick for Kane put the Chicago Blackhawks back in rhythm for the Stanley Cup Final.
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June 8, 2013 | By Lisa Dillman
CHICAGO -- The champions weren't about to skate off quietly into the night. And the Stanley Cup champion Kings did all they could to prolong it as long as possible, on guts and fumes, as they lost, 4-3, in double overtime in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals on Saturday night at United Center. It was the longest game in Kings history and it took the completion of Patrick Kane's hat trick to end it at 11:40 into the second overtime. The last hat trick to clinch a berth in the finals was in 1993 - the Kings' Wayne Gretzky against Toronto.
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June 7, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
  The Kings have put themselves in a deep hole in their Western Conference finals series against the Chicago Blackhawks after Thursday's 3-2 loss to Chicago. They now trail the series, 3-1. Game 5 is Saturday in Chicago, where the Kings lost the first two games of this series. “We've been through a lot as a group and never been faced with a situation like this,” Kings captain Dustin Brown said. “We're leaning on each other at this point. It's not going to be one individual.
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June 7, 2013 | By David Wharton
CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks broke out a familiar cliche when they arrived back home  Friday. Leading the Kings three games to one in the Western Conference finals, they promised to play Game 5 on Saturday as if they were behind. "You know the other team's going to come at you hard," captain Jonathan Toews said. "But it's up to you to motivate yourself. " Nothing new there. Toews did talk some strategy, however, saying his team has a formula for playing hard. "We keep saying in the locker room that we need all four lines and no one has to go out there and try to do too much," he said.
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June 6, 2013 | By David Wharton and Andrew Gastelum
There was no getting away from the statistics, the numbers that doomed the Kings in the third period. Two shots on goal. No takeaways. Four giveaways. Facing questions about their 3-2 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday night, the players did not have a whole lot of answers. "I don't really know what it was in particular," defenseman Drew Doughty said. "There's just no way we're going to win that third period if we only get two shots. " Time and again, the Blackhawks made it tough to get started.
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June 6, 2013 | Helene Elliott
The specifics behind the Kings' 3-2 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday, their first loss at Staples Center since March 23 and perhaps their final home game this season, were painfully clear. They made bad line changes that contributed to two goals. Had defensive breakdowns that once were uncharacteristic but have been occurring with more frequency as they drag their tired bodies deeper into the Western Conference finals. Made too many turnovers in the neutral zone, where games are often lost or won. From a big-picture perspective, there's one overriding reason they could come home from Chicago on Saturday with no games left on their schedule and no chance to repeat as Stanley Cup champions.
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June 6, 2013 | By David Wharton
The Chicago Blackhawks need some space, if you don't mind. They've been feeling a bit suffocated of late and would not mind one bit if the Kings stepped back and gave them room to breathe in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals on Thursday night. "They're a great defensive team," winger Marian Hossa said. "You're not going to find too much open area. " Chicago found enough to win the first and second games of the series, but the Kings responded with more energy in Game 3 at Staples Center on Tuesday night.
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June 6, 2013 | By Lisa Dillman
Jeff Carter had one, and so did Anze Kopitar. The rub was that they were merely shots on goal by the Kings' centers in the third period, not goals. Only two shots on goal in the final 20 minutes and a lack of sustained urgency put the defending Stanley Cup champions in the toughest of spots. The Kings now face what could be their last shot at survival in the Western Conference finals against the Chicago Blackhawks. Chicago defeated the Kings, 3-2, on Thursday night in Game 4 at Staples Center, taking a 3-1 lead in the series, ending the Kings' eight-game home playoff winning streak.
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