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Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford makes a save as the Los Angeles Kings' Dustin Brown (23) looks for a rebound in the first period in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals at United Center in Chicago on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (Scott Strazzante/Chicago Tribune/MCT)

Champs survive as Handzus scores for Blackhawks in 2nd OT

CHICAGO -- A repeat is still possible.

The defending Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks kept hopes alive at the United Center after fending off the Kings in an elimination game, beating the Kings 5-4 in double overtime.

Michal Handzus scored the winner shortly into the second extra period. He took a perfect pass from Brandon Saad to beat Kings goalkeeper Jonathan Quick.

Game 6 takes place Friday in Los Angeles with the Kings leading the Western Conference finals 3-2.

The first overtime period was frantic as the teams combined for 18 shots as they played without a whistle for nearly eight minutes but it headed to double overtime tied 4-4.

Chicago's Ben Smith started off the third period, which the Kings have dominated in previous games, on a rebound off a shot by Brandon Saad to tie the game 4-4.

Andrew Shaw, who had missed seven games, appeared to injure his right leg as he jockeyed for position against Kings' defenseman Jake Muzzin along the boards.

The Kings rallied from a 2-0 deficit to lead the game 3-2 in the second period.

Patrick Kane notched an assist on the first three Blackhawks goals by Brent Seabrook, Johnny Oduya and Saad to lead 3-1 in the first period.

After goals by Jarret Stoll and Marian Gaborik in the first period, Dustin Brown and Tanner Pearson added two goals in the second period as the Hawks were silenced.

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