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