Those who tuned into Game 5 between the Blackhawks and Kings or attended at the United Center were treated to arguably the best game of the year and some of the best OT in the history of the NHL. The Blackhawks had to fight for their lives to stay alive against a Kings team that seemingly had complete control of the series, and fight they did.
Patrick Kane (4 assists), Ben Smith (1 goal), and Brandon Saad (1 goal, 2 assists) relentlessly worked to do the little things and the big things extremely well for the Hawks. The Shaw-Saad-Kane line was a force to be reckoned with after being thrown on the ice together. Q told the media following the game regarding the trio, "Hopefully what we discovered today could be a line for a long time."
The biggest surprise of the game was no doubt the game winning goal in the 2nd overtime scored by Blackhawks forward Michal Handzus. Interestingly enough, a story on Handzus being a veteran held in high regard by his teammates surfaced on RedEye's website before the game.
The Blackhawks play the Kings Friday night in LA for Game 6 and if needed, Sunday in Chicago for a Game 7.
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