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Blackhawks stay alive by beating Kings in double-OT

May 28, 2014, 11:53 PM EDT

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Being down 3-1 in their Western Conference final series, the Chicago Blackhawks likely knew this wouldn’t be easy. They went through a lot in Game 5 but ultimately kept their season alive thanks to a thrilling 5-4 double-overtime win on Wednesday.

The Kings now carry a 3-2 series lead to Los Angeles with a chance to stomp out what could be a dangerous comeback bid by Chicago.

If you want to single out some Blackhawks standouts, you would do well to mention Patrick Kane and Brandon Saad. Kane generated four assists in Game 5 after being held to a single helper in the first four contests of this series while Saad was a consistent threat while producing three points.

Saad’s biggest contribution probably came when he set up Michal Handzus for the decisive goal.

Goalies finish strong

While Corey Crawford‘s early struggles carried the most attention because of the dramatic nature of some of the goals and his negative body language, each netminder experienced miserable moments before tightening up. To generalize, Jonathan Quick‘s night was roughest in the first period while Crawford almost seemed to melt down in the middle frame.

After a frenetic first two periods, the game – and the goalies – settled down as the Blackhawks turned up the pressure in the final 20 minutes of regulation. Chicago generated a 16-8 shot advantage while Ben Smith‘s tally sent the contest to overtime.

The first OT period was frenetic as the Kings aimed to move on while the Blackhawks showed no quit. Los Angeles generated 10 shots to Chicago’s eight in that first overtime frame.

At the same time that the Blackhawks were searching for answers on defense, Drew Doughty stood out as a singular force for the Kings. He generated a blistering nine shots on goal through regulation alone and logged almost 40 minutes of ice time tonight.

Things heat up

From Jake Muzzin‘s monstrous hit on Marcus Kruger to a game that was wild and thrilling (often both), a series that seemed to lean heavily toward Los Angeles gets a lot more intriguing.

For Los Angeles fans, there are plenty of “almost” moments that are likely agonizing. Meanwhile, the Blackhawks improve to 8-2 in their last 10 games facing elimination. Hockey fans without a horse in the race benefit from a Game 6 in this star-studded series, so the ‘Hawks aren’t the only winners on Wednesday night.

  1. danglesnipecelly88 - May 28, 2014 at 11:54 PM

    Kane finally played a good game! Corey also found something in the overtimes

    • kaptaanamerica - May 29, 2014 at 4:25 AM

      Kopitar was too busy shutting down Toes I suppose.

      Let’s see what happens back in Cali… Make em’ pay Kings.

      I’ll give credit to the Hawks for gutting one out here. Saad/ Shaw/ Kane were the story for the Hawks.

  2. jpat2424 - May 28, 2014 at 11:55 PM

    Hell of a game from both teams!! Wow. Keep it going Hawks !!

  3. r8rbhawk - May 28, 2014 at 11:55 PM

    Keep the respirator plugged in boys! Instant classic.

  4. sixchr - May 28, 2014 at 11:55 PM

    What. A. Game.

  5. nightfireop - May 28, 2014 at 11:56 PM

    overtime was all blackhawks. it was a well deserved team by…honestly…any side.

  6. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - May 28, 2014 at 11:56 PM

    Remember when he played for LA when he wasn’t introducing Itchy & Scratchy episodes?

  7. hawkeytown - May 28, 2014 at 11:57 PM

    Great game between two terrific teams, both loaded with heart…..great drama, awesome finish!!! NHL playoffs = nirvana!! Lets go Hawks…

    • nothanksimdriving123 - May 29, 2014 at 1:53 AM

      Games like that are why I’m a hockey fan.

  8. comeonnowguys - May 28, 2014 at 11:58 PM

    Hawks have been in trouble before against the Blues and Red Wings, but neither were the Kings.

    Kings have stomped on the throats of the Sharks and Ducks, but neither were the Hawks.

    I don’t care what they said, the pressure was clearly on the Hawks today. Now with it going back to LA, they have to win this or they face another game 7 on the road.

    Should be interesting.

  9. r8rbhawk - May 28, 2014 at 11:58 PM

    Kings again showed how resilient they are, just like in game 2 it looked like the Hawks were going to skate them out of the building but they just don’t quit. Props to them.

  10. r8rbhawk - May 29, 2014 at 12:01 AM

    Where’s Canucks30 and kaptaanamerica? 😉 Not calling out any Kings fans, we know they’ll be here. Just looking for my boys from Vancouver.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - May 29, 2014 at 12:04 AM

      Those last two posts…..I’m backing your captain and all, but get over yourself. Never give douches their bags.

      • r8rbhawk - May 29, 2014 at 12:06 AM

        I actually do look forward to Canucks30’s posts, he usually has some witty remarks.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - May 29, 2014 at 12:09 AM

        Guess my bias is showing ever so slightly.

      • r8rbhawk - May 29, 2014 at 12:13 AM

        Completely innocent question, I usually remember commenter’s teams, but mrmojo, who is your team?

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - May 29, 2014 at 12:24 AM

        I’m drunk enough to admit that, even at this time of year I bleed blue and white.

      • r8rbhawk - May 29, 2014 at 12:26 AM

        oh yeah, that’s right. I remember now. That was the hint I needed.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - May 29, 2014 at 12:27 AM

        Yup yup. Thankfully I happen to like hockey as well.

    • hawkeedawg - May 29, 2014 at 12:38 AM

      I am a guy from Vancouver, but not with the credibility of Canucks30 or kaptaanamerica.

      What I like most about these two series going on, is how the comments in the Habs/Rags threads are full of bias and hate. This series garners nothing (for the most part) but kudos from smart hockey fans, no cheap shot, name calling ,whining, just good hockey people talking hockey.

      • r8rbhawk - May 29, 2014 at 12:44 AM

        yeah, I really think both sides have been pretty good to one another. There has been some ribbing but nothing that has gone overboard.

        Hell, even the boys on the ice have refrained from the cheap stuff, very few scrums after whistles. How exciting was this game tonight and it didn’t have any stickwork, dives, late hits. The best hit of the game, which was clean, was Muzzin’s hit on Kruger, no complaint here, I am sure most Hawk fans agree with that.

      • kaptaanamerica - May 29, 2014 at 4:36 AM

        true that. but i will admit it, i hate the Hawks, and Toes and Keith in particular. If they left the team, i would only dislike the team. if you’ve read my posts you’ll know why those two in particular.

        the rags/ habs threads are filled with a hate that is out on the ice. if i could i’d fly to montreal to watch the habs play in game 7.

    • canucks30 - May 29, 2014 at 1:48 AM

      I don’t really have anything to add so I’ll just post something random.

      • r8rbhawk - May 29, 2014 at 1:55 AM

        There he is

      • comeonnowguys - May 29, 2014 at 9:35 AM

        What awesome-hating, buzz-killing, puppy-kicking, double-dipping monster thumbs down Die Hard?

    • kaptaanamerica - May 29, 2014 at 4:31 AM

      haha, lols, i’m here. and i gave the Hawks credit for their win. like i said up top, it was the Saad/Shaw/Kane trio that pulled them out of the fire for one night at least. let’s see what Sutter does to adjust.

  11. gret9 - May 29, 2014 at 12:02 AM

    Two excellent teams going back and forth all game. That game is what playoff hockey is all about. Tip to the cap to both squads. On to LA!

    Go Blackhawks!

  12. bighossa - May 29, 2014 at 12:38 AM

    One game at a time. Now bring on number 6, let’s win one in LA and the bring it back home.

  13. blomfeld - May 29, 2014 at 12:39 AM

    Person A: you know, it’s probably better that we finish off these people in front of our ‘own’ fans eh ?

    Person B: I totally agree, as that will make ‘our’ people very happy !

    Person C: yeah, well I sure can’t wait then for Friday … it’s gonna be a blast ! :)

    Persons A & B: you know it girlfriend ! :) :)


    IT’S OKAY …

    That was one ‘helluva’ game for sure, though the final result hardly comes as a surprise … the bottom line is that Chicago is simply too good of a team to be ‘beaten & humiliated’ in 5 on home ice, Oprah Winfrey notwithstanding … anyway, this now sets the stage for perhaps the most ‘righteous’ redemption ever, for it will be almost a year to the day that we Kings will have the chance to do to them ‘that’ which they did to us last year … and God willing we will !

    GO KINGS GO !!! … TODAY, TOMORROW AND FOREVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    ps: the Hawk’s are now boarding their ‘final’ flight for the season, but I’m not saying a word ! :)

    • r8rbhawk - May 29, 2014 at 12:46 AM

      Blommer, I told you they wouldn’t disappear as fast as Oprah’s Big Mac. Speaking of which, she is looking for another.

      • blomfeld - May 29, 2014 at 12:52 AM

  14. bhawksrule - May 29, 2014 at 12:40 AM

    Blackhawks and Kings fans should take a few to reflect on such a good playoff game this was, regardless of the outcome . What an amazing game! And Game 6 will top this ! Good luck both teams!

    • blomfeld - May 29, 2014 at 1:08 AM

      assorted Blackhawk fans, fellow lovers of hockey …

      friends, even though tonight’s loss has left me ‘somewhat’ despondent and in repose, I’ve nonetheless got to admit to you people that ‘that’ was perhaps one of the best games which I’ve seen in years ! … you Hawks are an ‘excellent’ team and you would make Hull, Mikita and Tony O ‘proud’ to no end ! … that being said however, I’m now ‘completely’ convinced that God’s will we be on ‘full’ display come this Friday at Staples !

      GO KINGS GO !!! … TODAY, TOMORROW AND FOREVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

      • slysipops - May 29, 2014 at 3:08 PM

        GOD’S will and our desires , are not always the same BLOMS!………… SLY!

  15. bighossa - May 29, 2014 at 1:01 AM

    That hit on Kruger was nasty glad he was able to keep playing. And “man child” was a beast out there, nice set up for handzus.

  16. bighossa - May 29, 2014 at 1:11 AM

    Amen. Good thing god is a hawks fan.

  17. aldog83 - May 29, 2014 at 3:04 AM

    WOW i missed the game tonight.

    had to work.

    just got home.

    AMAZING game.

    Kings better take out all the stops game 6.

    AT Chicago would be and extremely difficult game 7!

    Kings did have great composure. could have been a big blowout yet came from behind again to take lead and lost a tough game in OT.

    Great postseason.


    • slysipops - May 29, 2014 at 3:11 PM

      AGREE TOTALLY…..except for the GKG! how about ….GHG !..?

  18. papajack1259 - May 29, 2014 at 5:58 AM

    Wonderfull game I think Dougherty played as good a game of Defense as I have seen he is quite a talent I am glad Chicago did not lose on home ice but LA looked pretty darn good coming from 2 down Two big markets for the Cup? N.Y vs L.A.? League gets what they want …let’s see…

    • pudgalvin - May 29, 2014 at 7:37 AM

      The league doesn’t want LA in the finals. Big market, small share.

    • aldog83 - May 30, 2014 at 12:44 AM

      I hope the KINGS play DOUGHTY instead of the “Dougherty” guy.

  19. muckleflugga - May 29, 2014 at 6:15 AM

    just curious blomfeld …

    is god as you imagine it to be, taking leave from its regular duties presiding over hate, fear, racism, war, famine and all gun-toting knife-wielding lunatics doing murder in everything from elementary schools to theatres to bring self-centred gratification to the proselytizing fans of the los angeles kings

    just curious

    • blomfeld - May 29, 2014 at 11:33 AM

      “is god as you imagine it to be, taking leave from its regular duties ?” …

      Flugga … he has indeed friend ! … when I put a call through to him now, all I’m getting is his answering machine … “hello, this is God … I’m currently unavailable cheering on the glorious Kings of LA, so at the tone please leave a message and I’ll get back to you asap (always say a prayer) … thanks and have a nice day” …

  20. slysipops - May 29, 2014 at 9:42 AM

    all right ….good game ! GO HAWKS GO !

    • slysipops - May 29, 2014 at 3:04 PM

      Follow JJ on Twitter @jaeckel!

      After losing three straight playoff games, the Blackhawks won one last night, in double overtime, taking Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals 5-4 in double overtime.

      So there are a couple of bits of good news for the Hawks and their fans this morning: first, that the Hawks are still alive (obviously) in this series, down 3-2. And second that they might have come up with enough of an answer in game 5 to give themselves a shot to make this a 7-game series, with the finale back on home ice.

      I’m not the first writer/blogger to say it, probably won’t be the last, but the new line combination of Andrew Shaw centering Patrick Kane and Brandon Saad was simply outstanding last night. The line combined for 9 points and +10 in the game. Saad, especially, was dominant.

      Joel Quenneville finally found the right lines to slow the Kings down, keep pressure in their end, and force them to think twice and defend.

      Game 5 wasn’t a fluke. The Hawks have a shot now.

      That said, Game 5 was close and if the Hawks are to win Game 6 (much less Game 7) those will likely be close contests.

      Corey Crawford, the hero of the St. Louis and Minnesota series respectively, simply needs to play better for the Hawks to have a shot. While he made 40 saves, some very good, Crawford’s pads and glove have been leaky, and he’s been fighting the puck for a few games now.

      The newly cobbled second line (Shaw’s) will need to continue to put the pressure on, because not only were they good last night, it seemed to open things up a bit for all the Hawk lines.

      And the Hawk defense needs to be better (it was somewhat so last night), especially around their own net

  21. slysipops - May 29, 2014 at 3:22 PM

    CHECK THIS OUT………………..

    Things sure have changed over the last few years.

    The Chicago Blackhawks’ growth in recent years has been tremendous, winning two Stanley Cups in four seasons, making their second straight trip to the Western Conference Final and making changes as simple as putting their games on TV — something the city of Chicago had been without for a long, long time.

    The team’s fan base has continued to grow not only throughout Chicago, but across the league as a whole. And now the Blackhawks are headlining Forbes’ list of most loyal NHL fans.

    Forbes released the league’s top and bottom five clubs in terms of fan loyalty, including each team’s ranking the year prior:

    Top Five:

    1. Chicago Blackhawks (No. 2 in 2013)

    2. New York Rangers (No. 1)

    3. Boston Bruins (No. 2)

    4. San Jose Sharks (no. 3) and St. Louis Blues (No. 6)

    5. Pittsburgh Penguins (No. 4), Detroit Red Wings (No. 5), Philadelphia Flyers (No. 5)

    Bottom Five:

    30. New York Islanders (No. 30)

    29. Columbus Blue Jackets (No. 29)

    28. Phoenix Coyotes (No. 28) and Winnipeg Jets (No. 27)

    27. Buffalo Sabres (No. 23)

    26. Tampa Bay Lightning (No. 26)

    Forbes points out that a team’s ranking isn’t simply based on win-loss ratios — those account for about a 20 percent bump in fan loyalty.

    Forbes shares the four emotional drivers in which their list is based off of: pure entertainment, authenticity, fan bonding, as well as history and tradition.

    Of the major sports that tracks in their loyalty index, the NHL is No. 4. The NFL is No. 1, following by baseball in second and basketball in third

    • slysipops - May 29, 2014 at 3:28 PM

      didn’t i just see a couple of days ago some wry remarks about HAWK FANS by some slime, that crept out from under a rock somewhere ? and notice ( if you can stay attentive for a long post ) FORBES did the survey …not the CHICAGO MEDIA !

  22. sburns20 - May 29, 2014 at 9:57 PM

    That was a great game especially in overtime when it went nonstop for like 8 minutes or so. Hopefully Fridays game will be similar. Have to admit Crawford hasn’t instilled the most confidence in hawks fans and LA seemed to take Toews out in game 5. I’m not seeing a whole lot of weaknesses in LA during the playoffs.

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