The Blackhawks eliminate the Kings & advance to the Stanley Cu Final, the Cup Final schedule is released, the latest on Kimmo Timonen and more.

Chicago Blackhawks are the 2013 Western Conference champions.

Chicago Blackhawks are the 2013 Western Conference champions.

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES/LOS ANGELES TIMES: Patrick Kane scored a hat trick, including the winner in double overtime, as the Chicago Blackhawks downed the Los Angeles Kings 4-3 to win the Western Conference Final four games to one. Kings center Anze Kopitar had a goal and an assist, but otherwise struggled thr0ughout the postseason, while teammates Dustin Brown (knee – torn PCL) , Drew Doughty (ankle) and Justin Williams (separated shoulder) were hampered by injuries.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Congratulations to the Blackhawks, who  dominated the Kings for most of this series, leading to a sense of inevitability to its outcome. Still, the Kings didn’t go down without a fight in Game Five, making for one of the most entertaining games in this year’s playoffs. Look no further than the Kings offense for why they failed to advance to the Cup Final for the second straight year. In 18 playoff games this spring, the Kings scored three or more goals in only six of them. 

NHL.COM: The NHL has released the schedule for the 2013 Stanley Cup Final, which begins on Wednesday, June 12, in Chicago.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’ll have my Stanley Cup Final preview and prediction prior to June 12 in my Soapbox.

BOSTON HERALD: Stephen Harris sings the praises of Boston Bruins head coach Claude Julien.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Rightfully so, though heading into the third period of Game Seven of the Bruins conference quarterfinal against the Toronto Maple Leafs, some pundits were suggesting Julien, and perhaps GM Peter Chiarelli, might be fired. 

NEW YORK POST: Larry Brooks believes if the Pittsburgh Penguins fire head coach Dan Bylsma, he could jump to the head of the line for the NY Ranger head coaching job

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Bylsma is fired, he won’t be unemployed for long.

PHILLY.COM: Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen hints next season could be his last in the NHL.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Considering he only re-signed a one-year contract and his ailing back, this shouldn’t be a surprise. 

NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: Dwayne Roloson will reportedly become the new goaltending coach for the Anaheim Ducks.