Blackhawks beat Kings 5-4 in 2OT to stay alive

JAY COHEN AP Sports Writer Published:

CHICAGO -- Michal Handzus scored at 2:04 of the second overtime, and the 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, and Handzus 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. Brent Seabrook, Johnny Oduya and Ben Smith also scored, and 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, and Jarret Stoll and Tanner Pearson also scored 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.

• Area Sports

BGSU booster passes: Bill Frack, a long-time supporter of the Bowling Green State University men's basketball program, died Wednesday at The Heritage nursing home. He was 79. Frack announced on April 9 the value of his gift to the Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation had nearly doubled to about $20 million since it was first announced in 2011.

Elmwood advances in D-III: Elmwood's Lindsay George made her 15-pitch at-bat count in the bottom of the ninth inning Wednesday night as she helped the Royals advance to Saturday's Division III regional final.

Her fielder's choice to third base scored teammate Rebecca Harvey to give Elmwood (24-3) a 2-1 victory over New London (21-5). The winner will face either Ottawa-Glandorf or Bloom-Carroll Saturday for the regional title.

• Elsewhere

Williams sisters out: Instead of playing each other this week at the French Open, Serena and Venus Williams will both be heading home early.

The American sisters both lost in the second round, each being outplayed by little-known opponents at Roland Garros.

Serena, the defending French Open champion and a 17-time major winner, lost to Garbine Muguruza of Spain 6-2, 6-2.

A short time earlier, older sister Venus was eliminated by Anna Schmiedlova of Slovakia 2-6, 6-3, 6-4.

Kipnis moved off DL: The Cleveland Indians have activated All-Star second baseman Jason Kipnis from the 15-day disabled list after he was sidelined by a strained muscle in his right side.

They also optioned infielder Justin Sellers before Wednesday's game against the Chicago White Sox.

Spill led to murder: Prosecutors say former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez fatally shot two men because he believed one of them disrespected him when he bumped into him and spilled his drink in a Boston nightclub.

Hernandez pleaded not guilty Wednesday to first-degree murder and other charges in the 2012 killings of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado.

No Open for Tiger: Tiger Woods withdrew from the U.S. Open on Wednesday as he recovers from back surgery that has kept him out of golf for nearly three months.

It will be the second U.S. Open, and sixth major, he has missed because of injury over the last six years.

Bucs owner passes: Malcolm Glazer, a self-made billionaire who shunned the spotlight while leading the takeover of English soccer's Manchester United and transforming the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers into Super Bowl champions, died Wednesday. He was 85.

Two straight for Tide: Alabama won its second straight NCAA golf title, beating Oklahoma State 4-1 in the final at Prairie Dunes.

Trey Mullinax won the deciding match, holing an eagle putt from the fringe on the par-5 17th hole to beat Ian Davis 2 and 1.

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