Blackhawks-Kings Game 7 of 2014 Western Conference Final re-airing today


Today on NBC Sports at 4 p.m. CT/ 5 p.m. ET:

For Blackhawks fans: the sorest of sore spots. A game that with the right bounce, would have likely sent Chicago on their way to a second consecutive Stanley Cup title and a possible three-peat that would have served as an inimitable achievement in the salary cap era. 

For Kings fans: A crowning achievement that put a thorn in the Hawks' side during their golden reign. An exclamation point to cap off a glorious individual postseason that would bring them their second Stanley Cup in three years.

For hockey fans without a dog in the fight: Arguably the greatest single hockey game of the decade. 

The Kings had held a 3-1 series lead over the Blackhawks, who crept back in to even things up.

The Game 7 winner was slated to play the New York Rangers in what would be a brisk walk towards hoisting the Stanley Cup. 

Things were looking up for the Hawks on home ice at the United Center.

Chicago was leading 2-0 late in the first period off of a Brandon Saad goal and a power-play marker from Jonathan Toews. Then, Jeff Carter scored at 16:31 of the opening frame to get the Kings on the board. 

Justin Williams struck less than a minute later to tie it 2-2 and Patrick Sharp would give the Hawks a 3-2 lead just 12 seconds after Williams' goal to see the Blackhawks exit the first ahead by one.

The game turned into a tighter contest in the second period with just a goal apiece for the opposing teams.

Tyler Toffoli tied it 3-3 at 10:31 of the second and Sharp again scored late in the period to have the Hawks exit the frame ahead, this time off a power-play goal.

It was even tighter in the third. By the final regulation period, the game had culminated into an intense, highly-skilled chess match with everything on the line for both squads. 

Marian Gaborik scored at 12:43 of the third to tie it 4-4 and the Hawks couldn't answer back through the end of regulation. To overtime it went.

In overtime, nail-biting, edge-of-your seat suspense filled the arena with a sellout crowd of 22,315. 

The home crowd would sink into their seats in despair and the Kings would triumphantly leap into each other's arms after Alec Martinez scored 5:47 into OT with the puck bouncing off Hawks defenseman Nick Leddy's sweater and past Corey Crawford to win the game 5-4.

Jonathan Quick made 37 saves for the Kings and Crawford stopped 27 shots for the Blackhawks. 

The Kings became the only team in NHL playoff history to play three straight Game 7s on the road leading to the Stanley Cup Final, winning each of them.

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