Blackhawks narrowly defeat Kings 5-4 in double overtime to stay alive
By Jay Cohen ,AP
May 30, 2014, 12:09 am TWN
CHICAGO -- Michal Handzus scored at 2:04 of the second overtime as the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Los Angeles Kings 5-4 in Game 5 on Wednesday to stay alive in the NHL's Western Conference finals.
Brandon Saad made a nice pass to the middle, and the oldest player on the ice beat goaltender Jonathan Quick with a backhander for his second goal of the playoffs. The 37-year-old Slovak center celebrated by pounding the boards behind the net as the sellout crowd of 21,871 roared.
Saad had a goal and two assists for the defending Stanley Cup champions, who ended a three-game losing streak. Brent Seabrook, Johnny Oduya and Ben Smith also scored, and Patrick Kane set a playoff career high with four assists.
"Saad, two guys went on him and I got open," Handzus said. "I was surprised I got open like that but he waited and waited and gave me a great pass."
Game 6 is Friday night in Los Angeles. The Kings now lead the series 3-2.
"We go home and we come out with a better effort," Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin said. "We've got some experience and veterans in here who know what it takes to stop it."
Marian Gaborik and Dustin Brown each had a goal and an assist, and Jarret Stoll and Tanner Pearson also scored for the Kings, who led 4-3 after two periods. It was Gaborik's NHL-best 11th playoff goal.
Quick and Chicago's Corey Crawford each stopped 40 shots.
Los Angeles was in position to advance to its second Stanley Cup final in three years before Smith drove to the net and swept in a rebound 1:17 into the third. Smith's third goal of the playoffs set the stage for a frantic finish as both sides pushed for the winning score.