Rahm Emanuel watches during the third overtime period of Game 1late Wednesday night. | Nam Y. Huh~AP
Mayor Rahm Emanuel was seen pounding on the glass at the United Center on Saturday night after Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane’s series-clinching third goal over the Los Angeles Kings in double-overtime. After Andrew Shaw’s triple-overtime goal clinched Game One of the Stanley Cup Final over the Boston Bruins, Emanuel said he was searching for someone to share his excitement with when the marathon game ended after midnight. The first name that came to mind was his former boss, Bill Clinton. “When I was coming home from the game last night about 12:30 [a.m.], I said, `Who can I call?’ I said, `President Clinton. He’ll be up.’ [I know that] from years of working with him,” Emanuel joked during an appearance Thursday at a Chicago conference held by the Clinton Global Initiatives that included Clinton and his wife, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. “[He’s also the only] other person who would actually go through each play to actually give credit to the Hawks for a great game.” Wednesday’s Hawks-Bruins game could be Emanuel’s last for the 2013 Stanley Cup finals between two of the National Hockey League’s Original Six teams. The mayor leaves Friday for a father-daughter trip to Israel with his youngest daughter, Leah, to celebrate her bat mitzvah. The mayor is scheduled to return to Chicago on June 23. Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals, if it’s necessary, will be played at the United Center on June 26.