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Saad, Kane lead way for Blackhawks in 5-4 2OT victory to stave off elimination


The Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Los Angeles Kings 5-4 in double overtime on Wednesday evening to cut the Kings series lead to 3-2. The series heads back to Los Angeles for Game 6 on Friday night.

The Blackhawks would get off to a hot start in Game 5. After getting a power play in the opening minute it didn’t take long for the Blackhawks to take the lead as Brent Seabrook fired a slap shot from the point past Jonathan Quick at 1:13 for the first power play goal for the Blackhawks since Game 2. The lead would grow as Johnny Oduya put in a rebound off a Patrick Kane shot at 3:40. But the Kings would cut the lead in half when Jarrett Stoll put in a loose puck in front that sat forever past Corey Crawford at 9:49. The back and forth continued as Brandon Saad put back home a rebound past Quick at 11:06. However, the Kings would come back again as a bad pinch-in by Niklas Hjalmarsson led to a 3 on 1 the other way. Anze Kopitar found Marian Gaborik who one timed it past Crawford at 13:16.

It was a continuation of the craziness from the first period as Dustin Brown tapped home his own rebound at 11:08 to tie the game up at 3. Just two minutes later, Tanner Pearson went top shelf over the shoulder of Crawford on a goal that he should have saved at 13:08. The Blackhawks would survive the end of the second period down just one. In the third period, the Blackhawks struck quick to tie the game when Ben Smith cleaned up a rebound off of a Saad shot at 1:17. Both Quick and Crawford were brilliant in the waning moments.

In overtime, it was back and forth for the full twenty minutes. A case of anything you can do, I can do better resulted between Quick and Crawford who were stellar. After twenty minutes and half a dozen great chances the game headed to double overtime. A neutral zone turnover found the puck on the stick of Kane who gave the puck to Saad as they entered the zone. Saad found Michal Handzus all alone in the slot in front of the net. Handzus made a nifty forehand to backhand move and wristed the puck past a sliding Quick at 2:04.

What it means

The Blackhawks extend the series to a Game 6 in Los Angeles. This was the first time that the Kings had lost a game where they had an opportunity to knock out an opponent this year. The Blackhawks are 12-0 in Games 5-7 since the start of the 2013 playoffs.

3 stars of the game

3. Dustin Brown- Brown was a force in the game finishing with one goal and one assist while recording a plus two. It was Brown who started the play on the Gaborik goal and he scored the game tying goal in the second period. Brown delivered eight hits and now has three points in the past two games.

2. Patrick Kane- It was a huge night for Kane who finished with four assists for his first career four point game in the playoffs. Kane had the puck on his stick all night and had five shots on goal and was a plus three.

1. Brandon Saad- The best player for the Blackhawks was Saad. Every shift he had the puck on his stick and was a force to be reckoned with. Saad filled up the stat sheet finishing with one goal, two assists, seven shots on goal, two blocked shots, three hits, three takeaways and was a plus four. In this series Saad has three goals and three assists.

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