CHICAGO -- A few days ago, Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane sat in a stall in the visitors dressing room at Staples Center and answered question after question about why he wasn't producing to the level expected of him.
He talked about sitting with his father, Patrick Sr., and watching video clips of past Stanley Cup Playoff goals, looking for anything that could help him shake his scoring slump. Kane met with the media again Saturday night, only the circumstances were far different.
Moments after sitting at a table and answering question after question about one of the best games of his NHL career, Kane walked into a hallway at United Center and had a present for his dad.
It was a 2013 Western Conference Champions hat.
Kane scored a hat trick Saturday, including the series-clincher 11:40 into the second overtime, to help the Blackhawks fend off the defending champion Los Angeles Kings, 4-3, in Game 5 of the Western Conference Final and advance to the 2013 Stanley Cup Final.