May 28, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Brandon Saad (bottom) celebrates with right wing Patrick Kane (88) after scoring a goal against the Los Angeles Kings during the first period in game five of the Western Conference Final of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Daily Recap: Hawks stay alive

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Last night in the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs, the defending NHL Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks looked to stay alive against the Los Angeles Kings.

Los Angeles Kings – 4 Chicago Blackhawks – 5 (2OT) (Kings lead series 3-2)

*Michal Handzus scoring his second goal of the playoffs just 2:04 into double overtime to keep the Blackhawks chance at a repeat alive. The Blackhawks jumped out to an early two goal leading as Brent Seabrook and Johnny Oduya beat Jonathan Quick less than four minutes into the game. Jarret Stoll cut the lead in half, but Chicago quickly regained a two goal lead thanks to Brandon Saad. Marian Gaborik scored his playoff leading 11th goal of to make it a 3-2 game at the end of the first. Dustin Brown and Tanner Pearson gave the Kings a 4-3 lead in the second period. The Blackhawks tied it just a 1:17 into the third courtesy of Ben Smith. The game remained tied for the rest of the third and through one overtime before Handzus pocketed the winner. Patrick Kane didn’t put the puck in the net, but picked up an assist on four of the Blackhawks five goals. Corey Crawford and Quick each made 40 saves. Game six is Friday in Los Angeles.

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