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Adam Gretz | May 29, 2014

Kings vs. Blackhawks Game 5 final score, highlights and reaction

Playoff games don't get much more entertaining than the Chicago Blackhawks 5-4 Game 5 win over the Los Angeles Kings.

3 things to know
  • Michal Handzus ... lends a hand
    It wasn't Jonathan Toews. It wasn't Patrick Kane. It wasn't even Marian Hossa or Patrick Sharp. It was Michal Handzus, of all people, that came through in the big moment for the Chicago Blackhawks in double overtime to force a Game 6 in the Western Conference Final. Who saw that coming? Nobody. Probably not even Michal Handzus, who scored just four goals during the regular season and had just one goal this postseason. It capped off a thrilling back-and-forth game (with one of the best overtimes of the playoffs) that saw the Blackhawks blow a 3-1 lead and then find a way to win.
  • It's showtime
    Even though it wasn't Kane that came through with the big goal in overtime, he was still a force for the Blackhawks on Wednesday, as he recorded four assists in his 28 minutes of ice-time and seemed to be a threat to score nearly every single time he touched the puck. For Kane, it was the first four-point playoff game of his career. He certainly picked a great time for it to happen.
  • Corey Crawford still needs to be better
    He ended up stopping enough shots to get the win, but Corey Crawford has not played particularly well in this series, and that includes his Game 5 performance. During the first five games of the series Crawford has managed just an .881 save percentage and gave up what could have been a season-ending goal to Tanner Pearson in the second period. Fortunately for him the Blackhawks were able to put a five-spot on the board against Jonathan Quick. But if the Blackhawks are going to pull this thing off they're going to need more from their $36 million goalie.
Thursday Schedule
Montreal Canadiens vs. New York Rangers Eastern Conference Final, Game 6New York leads, 3-28 p.m. ET | NBCSN / CBC / RDS Madison Square Garden, New York

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