Michal Handzus scored at 2:04 of the second overtime, and the host Chicago Blackhawks beat the Los Angeles Kings 5-4 in Game 5 on Wednesday night to stay alive in the Western Conference final.

Brandon Saad made a nice pass to the middle to Handzus, who beat goalie Jonathan Quick with a backhander for his second goal of the playoffs. Handzus celebrated by jumping against boards behind the net as the sellout crowd of 21,871 roared.

Saad had a goal and two assists for the defending Stanley Cup champions, who stopped a three-game losing streak. Patrick Kane set a playoff career high with four assists.

Game 6 is Friday night in Los Angeles.

Marian Gaborik and Dustin Brown each had a goal and an assist for the Kings, who led 4-3 after two periods. It was Gaborik's NHL-best 11th playoff goal.

Quick and Chicago's Corey Crawford each stopped 40 shots.

Los Angeles was in position to advance to its second Stanley Cup final in three years before Ben Smith drove to the net and beat Quick on a rebound 1:17 into the third. Smith's third goal of the playoffs set the stage for a frantic finish as both sides pushed for the winning score.

Kings center Jarret Stoll was sent off for tripping with 3:11 left in regulation, giving the Blackhawks a prime opportunity to move in front. Quick stopped Kane on a big slap shot, and then turned away Bryan Bickell in front to keep the game tied at 4.

  • Los Angeles police say they are investigating a battery report from a fan who says the Blackhawks' Crawford sprayed water in his face during Game 4 of the Western Conference final at Staples Center. LAPD spokeswoman Rosario Herrera confirmed the investigation for The Associated Press on Wednesday, shortly before the Blackhawks faced the Kings in Game 5. Crawford did not speak with the media after the team's morning skate.

    Sharks extend contract of longtime front office member: Assistant general manager Joe Will had his contract extended by the team. Terms of the contract were not disclosed. Will, a member of the Sharks organization since the franchise's inception in July 1990 and thought to be a general manager-in-waiting, was first promoted to assistant general manager in the fall of 2011. He was the team's director of hockey operations from 2004-2011 and has also previously served as assistant to the general manager and scouting coordinator.

    Rangers: Defenseman John Moore was suspended for two games by the NHL for an illegal check to Montreal Canadiens forward Dale Weise's head in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference final.

    Staff writer Curtis Pashelka contributed to this report.