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Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Michal Handzus tallied at 2:04 of the second 
overtime,  and the Chicago Blackhawks remained alive in the Western Conference 
finals with a 5-4 victory over the Los Angeles Kings. 

Brandon  Saad held the  puck along the right wing below the circles and dished 
ahead  to Handzus,  who controlled  the  disc for  a second  before lifting  a 
backhander under the crossbar to end the contest. 

"Two  guys went  on him and I  got open,"Handzus said of his linemate Saad. "I 
was  surprised  I got open  like that but  he waited and  waited and gave me a 
great pass." 

For  Handzus, it  was his first career postseason overtime score, and just his 
second  playoff game-winner  after recording  the only  goal in  a 1-0  Flyers 
victory against Ottawa in the 2003 second round. 

Saad  ended  up with a goal  and two assists  for the Blackhawks, who wasted a 
pair  of  early two-goal  leads and fell  behind by a  goal before rallying to 
extend the series to a Game 6 in Los Angeles. 

"We don't want the season to end now. We're having too much fun playing," Saad 
admitted. 

Brent  Seabrook,  Johnny Oduya and  Ben Smith  also scored, while Patrick Kane 
notched  a  career playoff-high  four helpers for  Chicago, which still trails 
the best-of-seven set three games to two. 

Corey  Crawford looked  shaky at times, but  emerged with the win thanks to 40 
saves. 

Dustin Brown, Marian Gaborik, Jarret Stoll and Tanner Pearson lit the lamp for 
the  Kings,  who have the comfort  of home ice on  Friday to try and reach the 
Stanley Cup Finals for the second time in the last three seasons. 

If  anyone thinks  that it's  easy ...  it's not  easy," Kings  forward Justin 
Williams  said of  closing out an opponent in the third round. "Attaining your 
ultimate goal is never easy and we're going to do our best to get it done." 

Jonathan Quick took the loss despite stopping 40 pucks. 

Kane  tallied just one point through the first four games, but caught fire and 
had a hand in all three Blackhawk scores in the opening 20 minutes. 

Kings  defenseman Drew Doughty was sent off for tripping just 30 seconds after 
the  opening faceoff,  and Seabrook's left-point blast sizzled past Quick with 
1:13  played.  Kane and  Jonathan Toews  controlled play  along the right side 
before the successful blast. 

Oduya  then snuck in  from his position to chop home a Kane rebound at 3:40 to 
put the hosts up by two. 

Stoll's first point of the series ended up being the Kings' first score of the 
contest,  as he found a loose puck in the low slot and pushed it past Crawford 
just prior to the midway point. 

Chicago  went  up 3-1  only 1:17  later. Kane  worked the  puck free along the 
right-wing  boards, then Saad potted Andrew Shaw's rebound from the near side, 
but  Gaborik managed to fire one past Crawford from the right wing at 13:16 -- 
mere seconds after Quick denied a point-blank chance from Toews. 

The  Kings  killed off  a cross-checking  minor to  blueliner Jake Muzzin just 
after  the  eight-minute mark of the  second, then evened the score when Brown 
backhanded a Gaborik rebound home at 11:08. 

Pearson  put the  visitors ahead  for the  first time,  when his  right-circle 
snapshot  zipped by  Crawford exactly two minutes later. Los Angeles protected 
that margin until intermission. 

"It's  a  tough building to  play, even more so  in the playoffs," Kings bench 
boss  Darryl  Sutter said in reference  to eliminating the Blackhawks in their 
own building. "Damn near got it." 

Saad's  low shot from  the left wing was kicked aside by Quick, but Smith beat 
his  checker  and potted the rebound  for a 4-4  game just 77 seconds into the 
third period. 

The Blackhawks had a prime chance to win in regulation when Stoll committed a 
tripping  infraction  with 3:11 on the  clock. Quick made two acrobatic stops, 
one  from  Kane and  the rebound on  Bryan Bickell early  in the advantage and 
added two more before its completion. 

Acting on adrenaline and instinct, the first overtime featured a dozen quality 
chances  split  between the clubs.  Los Angeles claimed a  10-8 shot edge in a 
briskly-paced fourth period. 

"Overtime,  I've seen  a lot of games,  been involved in a lot of those," said 
Chicago  head coach  Joel  Quenneville.  "That might  have  been the  greatest 
overtime I've seen." 

                                   Game Notes 

Kane  became the  first Blackhawk to assist  on four goals in one playoff game 
since  Steve Larmer  did so  on April  30, 1990  in a  Norris Division  final- 
clinching  8-2 rout  of the  St.  Louis Blues  ... Saad  extended his  playoff 
career  highs  to five goals,  eight assists and  13 points ... The Blackhawk
welcomed  back forward  Brandon Bollig,  who was  a healthy  scratch during  a 
5-2  loss in  Game 4  ... Pearson's  tally extended  his point  streak to  six 
games,  matching  the Kings' postseason record  for a rookie along with Warren 
Rychel  (1993) and  Daryl Evans  (1982)  ... Doughty  led all  players in  ice 
time  with  39:04, while Chicago defenseman  Duncan Keith topped his club with 
37:37. 

 
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