Man, what a game.
The Chicago Blackhawks were at home in Game 5, trying to stave off elimination against the pesky and talented Los Angeles Kings. The home side came out on fire, scoring three of the game's first four goals in the first period.
But the Kings righted the ship and actually took a 4-3 lead into the third period. Then Ben Smith tied it less than two minutes into the period, and the two teams turned things up a notch and were deadlocked at four apiece.
For as good as each team's forwards were, the opposing goalies were even better, and nobody could score for roughly two full periods after Smith's goal. The first overtime frame was downright nuts, but Michal Handzus finally saved the Blackhawks' season 2:04 into the second frame.
This matchup (especially overtime) had everything any fan could want: awesome goals, crazy saves, big hits and a frenzied pace that made it difficult to even sit down as a spectator. I'd put my vote down for that first overtime as the best period of hockey in the NHL so far this season (and I don't think I would be alone in that).