Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews help Blackhawks advance

May 12th, 2009 - 2:35 pm ICT by GD  

The Chicago Blackhawks went on to the Western Conference finals for the first time after 1995 as Patrick Kane scored his first hat trick and Jonathan Toews scored the final goal in the third period Monday night to defeat the Vancouver Canucks at the United Center.

The 20-year old Kane said, “”It’s about time I got the first hat trick. I’ve been waiting two years. I guess it can’t come in a better game than this.”

The Blackhawks were initially one goal down but returned with a bang and four scores against the Vancouver goal keeper Roberto Luongo to win 4-2. They play the finals with either Detroit or Anaheim.

Towes said, “It’s awesome. We didn’t want to go back to Vancouver.Nobody knew what was going to happen. It was unbelievable. … We’ve found ways to come back, especially late in games.”

Blackhawks coach said the thundering audience made it difficult to make line calls. Coach Joel Queenville admitted it was a game worth shouting over, “I don’t think anybody anticipated the craziness of the third period. The turns and swings were gigantic. How it unraveled and unfolded, it was an amazing ending”

Luongo nearly broke down at the locker room and said, “We had some chances early and I made some saves, but the rest of the way I didn’t help my teammates out. When you let in seven goals, I don’t think that’s a very good performance.”

Taking into account the regular season and six playoffs the Blackhawks announced that they had drawn in 1,006,920 fans already this season.

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