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SET THE STAGE: 2013 Conference Final, Game 5

With a chance to clinch a Stanley Cup Final berth at home, Showtime took center stage for the Blackhawks

by Carter Baum @CarterBaum /

Tune in Friday at 3:30 p.m. as NBC Sports Chicago airs Game 5 of the 2013 Western Conference Final

He didn't plan on using it that night, but Patrick Kane always had his now-famous heartbreaker celebration in the back of his mind for a special occasion.

"I saw that Jason Taylor for the (Miami) Dolphins used to use that celebration when he would make a sack," he said. "For some reason it came to my mind (in the 2010 playoffs) in Vancouver and it always got some excitement from fans when I would use it again.

"I don't think I had it in my head that I would use it when I scored in that situation, but it was always in the back of my mind if it came to a clinching game in overtime or something like that, maybe it's something I would pull out."

Coming into Game 5 of the Western Conference Final, No. 88 was fresh off third goal of the playoffs two days prior in L.A. But as the games got bigger, Showtime took center stage. Before the night's end, he would add another three to his name.

"'Kaner' came to life as the games got bigger," said Patrick Sharp. 

With a chance to clinch a Stanley Cup Final berth on home ice, the Blackhawks raced out to a 2-0 lead over the Kings in the opening six minutes behind goals from Duncan Keith and Kane's first of the night. L.A. leveled things up early in the third and Kane slotted his second of the night -- a would-be game-winner -- as the clock dipped under four minutes to play. Mike Richards, though, pulled the Kings back to life with just 10 seconds remaining.

The two teams battled for 31-plus minutes of overtime before the two offensive faces of the franchise did what they do best. 

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"'Tazer' actually set me up a couple of times in the first overtime and I didn't score on my chances," said Kane, going into further detail on the goal earlier this year. "And then we had a delayed 2-on-1 and he shot the first one and then we went back to the bench and I said, 'Hey, if we get another 2-on-1, I'll stay a little bit behind and you might be able to make a pass for a one-timer.'

"The next shift (Bryan Bickell) made a nice play on the wall to chip it out for a 2-on-1 and we kind of did what we said: (Toews) put it right in my wheelhouse and I banged in a one-timer."

The goal not only completed the hat trick and punched Chicago's ticket to the Stanley Cup Final for the second time in four years, it also made Kane's back-of-the-mind celebration a household memory. 

"It worked out perfect, scoring that goal and the way I turned into the celebration. I just remember having chills running down my spine when I was sliding on my knees doing that heartbreaker celebration," Kane said. "Of course 'Shawzy' came up behind me - I don't know how 'Shawzy' got off the bench so quick, but he was there pretty quickly in the celebration, got right behind me and was hugging me."

Video: 2013 Rewind: Patrick Kane

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