CHICAGO - Patrick Kane scored three times, Jonathan Toews had the go-ahead goal in a frantic final period Monday night, and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Vancouver Canucks 7-5 to win the Western Conference semifinal series 4-2.
Chicago's quick, talented team will make the franchise's first appearance in the conference finals since 1995. And fittingly it was the two young stars, Kane and Toews, leading the way before a roaring crowd at the United Centre.
When Chicago's Troy Brouwer was called for goaltender interference with just under eight minutes remaining, Daniel Sedin scored quickly with a shot from the left circle that put the Canucks ahead 5-4.
He got a puck from behind the net and then manoeuvred to the side and put a shot under Roberto Luongo to tie the game at 5.
Then, 49 seconds later on a power play, Toews worked around the side and tried to pass across the crease to Patrick Sharp. The puck deflected in off Vancouver's Alexander Edler with 6:11 left.
Kane capped his hat trick with a hard back-hander past Luongo with 3:43 remaining.
Chicago's Nikolai Khabibulin made 33 saves and Luongo 23.