Handzus Nets Game Winner for Blackhawks in 2OT
(CHICAGO) -- Michal Handzus fired a backhander past Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick 2:04 into the second overtime, to give the Chicago Blackhawks a 5-4 victory over the Kings Wednesday, in Game 5 of the NHL Western Conference Final.
The win keeps the Blackhawks alive in the best-of-seven series, which Los Angeles now leads three games to two.
"I want to help the team as much as I can," Handzus said. "I'm playing on the PK a lot. I'm not playing very well offensively. I'm glad I came through."
He was able to because of teammate Brandon Saad, whose pass set up the winning goal. Saad finished the game with a goal and two assists.
"Personally, I thought Saader was the best player on the ice tonight," said Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane, who had four assists in the win. "He was bringing so much speed and puck protection."
The Blackhawks were down 4-3 in the third period before Ben Smith scored at the 1:17 mark.
Jonathan Quick made 40 saves in the loss while Corey Crawford had 40 saves in the win.
Game 6 is Friday in Los Angeles. The puck is scheduled to drop at 9 p.m. Eastern.
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