Kane shines as Blackhawks beat Kings to tie series

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By Mark Lamport-Stokes

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks, with Patrick Kane back to his best, staved off playoff elimination for a second straight game by beating the Los Angeles Kings 4-3 at Staples Center on Friday.

Two goals in the second period, followed by two more late in the third, made the difference in a Game Six of electrifying pace, dramatic lead changes and high energy as Chicago tied the best-of-seven Western Conference finals series at 3-3.

Trailing 0-1 after the first period, the Blackhawks scored twice in quick succession in the second through right wings Kane and Ben Smith, then rallied from 2-3 down in the third as defenseman Duncan Keith and Kane, again, struck with wrist shot.

"This team just sticks to it, it's an unbelievable group of guys," the enigmatic Kane, who had just a single point after the first four games of the series before regaining his customary form, told NBC television.

"For some reason when the chips are down, it seems like we've got a lot of guys that step up. Huge team effort tonight."

Kane, the Conn Smythe Trophy winner last season as the most valuable player of the Stanley Cup playoffs, was delighted by his team's efforts in coming back from a 2-3 deficit with less than nine minutes remaining in the third period.

"It was disappointing, especially when we feel we could have prevented that second goal and then you take the penalty to make it 3-2," he said.

"I was out on the ice for two of the goals before that and felt I had to do something to get it back. Luckily I was able to do that."   Continued...

May 30, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Chicago Blackhawks  right wing Patrick Kane (88) controls the puck against the defense of Los Angeles Kings right wing Marian Gaborik (12) during the third period in game six of the Western Conference Final of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports