Los Angeles Kings vs. Chicago Blackhawks: Biggest Takeaways from Game 5

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Los Angeles Kings vs. Chicago Blackhawks: Biggest Takeaways from Game 5
Nam Y. Huh/Associated Press
The Blackhawks won a 2 OT thriller to stay alive.

Michal Handzus scored two minutes, four seconds into the second overtime to give the Chicago Blackhawks a 5-4 win over the Los Angeles Kings in Game 5 of the Western Conference Final. The Blackhawks staved off elimination with the victory but still trail 3-2 in the best-of-seven series.

Patrick Kane registered four assists for Chicago, while Brandon Saad had a goal and two assists to lead the Blackhawks attack. Corey Crawford made 40 saves, including 11 in overtime to earn the victory.

Chicago broke out to an early 2-0 lead just 3:40 into the game on goals by Brent Seabrook and Johnny Oduya, but the Kings fought back to tie the game at 3-3 on Dustin Brown's goal midway through the second period and took a 4-3 lead on a goal by Tanner Pearson just a few minutes later.

The Blackhawks played with desperation and tied the score on Ben Smith's goal just 1:17 into the third period.

Neither team scored in a fast-paced and well-played overtime before Handzus kept the Blackhawks alive with his double-overtime tally.

Game 6 will be played Friday night in Los Angeles.

Here is a look at the biggest takeaways from Game 5. Feel free to comment on any of the issues discussed here or add one of your own. As always, indicate why you feel the way you do.

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