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'Hawks win in double-OT

CHICAGO — Michal Handzus scored 2:04 into the second overtime to lift the Blackhawks to a 5-4 win over the Kings that cut their West final series deficit to 3-2 on Wednesday.

Brandon Saad assisted on Ben Smith's tying goal 1:17 into the third. Then he fed Handzus, who came in alone, deked and lifted a backhander past Jonathan Quick. It was Handzus' first overtime playoff winner of his career. He celebrated by jumping against boards behind the net as the sellout crowd of 21,871 roared.

Patrick Kane also got an assist, his fourth of the night.

Over the past two seasons, Chicago, the defending Stanley Cup champion, is 12-0 in Games 5-7. That includes rallying from a 3-1 series deficit against the Red Wings in last season's West semifinal.

Rangers focus on present

NEW YORK — The Ran­gers need one win to reach the Cup final. The second shot for it comes tonight in Game 6 of the East final. New York returned from Montreal on Wednesday, a day after a 7-4 loss cut its series lead to 3-2.

In the second round, a poor performance at home in Game 4 against Pittsburgh dropped the Rangers into a 3-1 series hole. But New York won the next three. Now that the Canadiens have staved off elimination once, the Rangers are wary of giving them any more hope they can rally from a 3-1 deficit.

"You learn a lot from it. That's why experience is experience," Richards said. "You go through many situations. (Tuesday) night was a bad feeling. But (Wednesday), we're getting on a plane to go back to our city, and we get to play in front of our fans. It's always forget as quick as possible and try to remember the good things that we're doing. It was one bad night, but we've been doing a lot of good things in this series."

Goalie probe: Los Angeles police said they are investigating after a fan filed a complaint alleging Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford sprayed water in his face during Monday's Game 4 of the West final. A police report said the fan heckled Crawford, was thrown out of the arena and later filed the complaint. Police said they could not say if charges are likely. Crawford was unavailable for comment, and Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said he was unaware of the report.

Ranger suspended: New York defenseman John Moore was suspended two games for a check to Canadiens wing Dale Weise's head Tuesday. Weise sustained a concussion, and his status for tonight wasn't announced. The two-game suspension matches the one Canadiens wing Brandon Prust received for his Game 3 hit that left Rangers wing Derek Stepan with a broken jaw.

Conference finals

East

Rangers 3, Canadiens 2

Game 1: Rangers 7, Canadiens 2

Game 2: Rangers 3, Canadiens 1

Game 3: Canadiens 3, Rangers 2 OT

Game 4: Rangers 3, Canadiens 2 OT

Game 5: Canadiens 7, Rangers 4

Tonight: at New York, 8, NBCSN

Saturday: at Montreal, 8, NBCSN *

West

Kings 3, Blackhawks 2

Game 1: Blackhawks 3, Kings 1

Game 2: Kings 6, Blackhawks 2

Game 3: Kings 4, Blackhawks 3

Game 4: Kings 5, Blackhawks 2

Wednesday: Blackhawks 5, Kings 4 2OT

Friday: at Los Angeles, 9, NBCSN

Sunday: at Chicago, 8, NBCSN *

* if needed

'Hawks win in double-OT 05/28/14 [Last modified: Thursday, May 29, 2014 12:00am]
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