|Chicago Blackhawks||4 (OT)|
A pair of goals by Chicago’s Jonathan Toews late in regulation sent Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals to overtime Monday night, but the Anaheim Ducks were able to escape with the win, taking a 5-4 victory over the Blackhawks.
The Ducks held a 4-2 lead with under two minutes remaining in the third period when Toews worked his magic.
With the goalie pulled and an extra attacker on the ice, Toews buried a one-timer behind Frederik Andersen with 1:50 left on the clock. Just over a minute later, Toews fired a bad-angle shot that snuck through Andersen to tie the score and force overtime.
Only 45 seconds into the extra period, Anaheim winger Matt Beleskey ripped a rebound past a diving Corey Crawford to send Ducks fans home happy.
Cam Fowler opened the scoring for the Ducks in the first period, netting his second goal of the playoffs, to give Anaheim an early 1-0 lead. Ryan Kesler added a marker 32 seconds later to put the Ducks ahead by two just 5:42 into the game.
Sami Vatanen, who finished the game with a goal and an assist, put home his third goal of the playoffs at 15:42 of the first period to give the Ducks a commanding 3-0 lead. But the Blackhawks would fight back in the second period.
Just a minute and 11 seconds into the second frame, Teuvo Teravainen notched a goal for the Blackhawks, to make it a two-goal deficit. Brent Seabrook followed, scoring a goal in the final minute of the second period to pull the Blackhawks within one at 3-2.
Patrick Maroon scored his sixth goal of the playoffs at 14:45 of the third period to put the Ducks back ahead by two, before Toews’ heroics gave the Blackhawks new life.
The series has now gone to overtime three times in five games, following a triple-overtime affair in Game 2 and a double-overtime finish in Game 4.
With the victory, the Anaheim Ducks now hold a 3-2 series lead and are a win away from reaching the Stanley Cup Finals.
Game 6 will be played Wednesday night in Chicago. The puck is scheduled to drop at 8 PM ET.