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Blackhawks Stay Alive; Defeat Blues 4-2 in 2 OT

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The Chicago Blackhawks, coming off back to back loses at home, came into game 5 against the St. Louis Blues with only two options, Win or go home. Well they found a way to win the game, and will live to see another day after a 4-3 double overtime victory. The Hawks received goals from Marian Hossa, Artem Anisimov, Artemi Panarin, and Patrick Kane. The Blues received goals from Jaden Schwartz, Robby Fabbri, and David Backes.

After a scoreless first period, the Blackhawks found the back of the net, with Hossa scoring the go ahead goal. While shorthanded, Hossa skated into the offensive zone with defenseman Duncan Keith on a 2-on-1. Hossa fired a wrist shot past Brian Elliott, beating him over the glove side. On that same penalty, just under a minute later, the Blues tied the game on a Schwartz power play goal. Schwartz received the puck as he was entering the offensive zone, taking a slap shot and beat Corey Crawford on the glove side as well. With about 5 minutes remaining in the 2nd, Anisimov gave the Hawks the lead again. After a shot by Panarin hit the post, the big center found the rebound sitting on the goal line, and pushed it in past Elliott. Panarin would score a goal to make it 3-1 as the period expired.  After Panarin received a cross ice pass from Kane,  he took a wrist shot that passed the goal line with just .06 seconds left on the clock to extend the Blackhawks lead going into the third.

The Blues came out in the third period hard, scoring a goal about 7 minutes in. Fabbri skated hard into the zone and fired a wrist shot threw a crowd in front of the net, somehow getting the shot through and beating Crawford, who never saw the puck as it went past him, making it a 1 goal game. But the Blues didn’t quit, as Backes found the net late in the third to tie the game at 3. Backes, who scored the overtime winning goal in game 1 of the series, tipped a slap shot from defenseman Alex Pietrangelo past Crawford to force overtime.

In the first over time, the Blues absolutely dominated the period, but Crawford stood on his head, making huge saves to keep the Hawks alive and push the game to a second over time period. Just 3 minutes into the third overtime, the Hawks top line, who have been shutout so far in the series and were kept quiet all game, woke up. Kane skated the puck into the zone, taking a shot that caused a frenzy in front of the net. After a couple close call, Kane found the puck again, taking a shot on Eilliott. The rebound slid through the goalie crease before Kane, who skated behind the net and came up on the other side, found it and tapped it in, giving the Blackhawks a 4-3 win and keeping their season alive for at least one more game. Game 6 will be Saturday night in Chicago.