United Center was bursting with over 21,000 screaming fans as the defending cup champions, the Chicago Blackhawks, tried to stay alive in the series against the 2012 champions, the Los Angeles Kings. The Kings looked to expand their 3-1 series lead and take home the Western Conference Championship. But after a long hard battle, it was the Blackhawks who took a 5-4 win after a double overtime.
Jonathan Quick made some great saves and also let in some questionable ones while making 40 saves. Corey Crawford had more help defensively, as the Blackhawks defensive pairings had changed, so he was better able to make equally 40 saves.
The first period started with Chicago taking a 2-0 lead. With the defensive pairings being changed, the Blackhawks came out more aggressively and with a more fast and purposeful dominance on the ice. There was a plethora of goals in the first period alone; five total. The first goal was a power play goal from Seabrook and the second goal was a wrist shot from Oduya. Jarret Stoll put the Kings on the scoreboard with the assist to Dwight King. Then Saad for the Blackhawks made the score 3-1. Before the end of the first period, Marian Gaborik got the Kings their second goal with assists to Dustin Brown and Anze Kopitar.
In the second period the Kings took over with two goals. The first goal came from Dustin Brown with the assist to Gaborik. The second goal came from Tanner Pearson, his second goal of the series, with the assist to Carter. Pearson’s goal gave the Kings a 4-3 lead. The Kings were creating the turn overs in the neutral zone to get the puck ahead and get the goals they needed.
In the third period the Blackhawks tied the game 4-4 with a goal by Smith. The game headed to a heated overtime. There were eight goals total, the Blackhawks looked to stay alive and the Kings looked to do everything to end the game. No goals were scored despite numerous great opportunities because there were great saves and plays by both teams to send the game to double overtime.
Two minutes into the second overtime, it was former King, Michal Handzus, who kept the Blackhawks alive in this series, getting the 5-4 win.
Last year the Kings lost 11 minutes into a double overtime in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals, to the Blackhawks with a goal from Patrick Kane. The Blackhawks moved on to become the Stanley Cup Champions, as the Kings who were the defending Cup Champions weren't able to advance.That was the longest game in Kings history.
Game 6 is on Friday at STAPLES Center, 6:00 p.m. Kings lead the series 3-2.
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