CHICAGO -

A veteran of more than 1,300 regular season and playoff games as a NHL head coach, it takes a lot to impress Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville.

Count Wednesday's 5-4 win in the second overtime against the Los Angeles Kings in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals as one of those very rare moments that had Quenneville in awe.

Center Michal Handzus' game-winning goal at 2:04 of the second overtime snapped a three-game losing streak and put Chicago back into the series.

"I've been involved in a lot of overtime games, and this could be the best overtime game I've ever seen," Quenneville said. "It's a testament to their competitiveness and their will to win and overcome a lot of obstacles.

"It's a big win for us, but we still have to go win in LA and I'm sure we're going to be excited about the challenge."

Game 6 in the best-of-seven series will be Friday in Los Angeles. Los Angeles still leads the series 3-2 over the defending Stanley Cup champions, but a road victory by the Blackhawks in Game 6 would mean the deciding Game 7 will be in Chicago on Sunday.

"It was a great game with lots of emotion, the fans were great and it was probably the loudest I've ever heard it in here (the United Center)," Handzus said.

Chicago goaltender Corey Crawford stopped 40 of Los Angeles' 44 shots while his Kings counterpart Jonathan Quick stopped 40 of Chicago's 45 shots.

"It's a tough building, but we (darn) near got it," said Kings coach Darryl Sutter, a former Blackhawks player and head coach. "It was two good teams that are not going to slow down in overtime."

In the first overtime, Los Angeles managed 10 shots to Chicago's eight.

The Blackhawks struggled to retain the puck and missed numerous passes. However, Chicago's defense rallied to keep Los Angeles from scoring.

Los Angeles, meanwhile, began to show fatigue late in the first overtime period. The bigger and stronger Kings seemed to start losing the advantage to the smaller but more agile Blackhawks.

"Maybe they were a little more hungry than we were at the start," Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin said of the Blackhawks. "It's not good enough from us to start the game like that (down 2-0), but we hung in there. We gave ourselves a chance, but we were a little sloppy in the neutral zone (at the end) and it cost us."

Handzus, who has seen limited time during this series, mostly in penalty-kill situations, was a bit surprised Quenneville called his number on the final ice shift.

"I haven't been very happy with the way I've been playing, so I'm glad I came through tonight," Handzus said. "But were still one game down and have to play on an even keel and play there now. We can't get too high or low. Were still 3-2 down, have to take a deep breath and get be prepared Friday."

Chicago defenseman Brent Seabrook, on the power play, scored his third goal of the playoffs on a slap shot past Quick just 1:13 into the game for the early 1-0 lead.

Just under 2 1/2 minutes later, fellow Blackhawks defenseman Johnny Oduya netted his second goal of the postseason on a wrist shot past Quick, putting Chicago ahead 2-0.

Los Angeles cut that margin in half at 9:49 of the first period when center Jarret Stoll tallied only his second goal of the playoffs.

Chicago responded just over two minutes later on left winger Brandon Saad's fifth goal of the playoffs to make it 3-1.

The Kings came right back at 13:16 when right winger Marian Gaborik extended his team lead in postseason goals to 11, sinking a difficult shot to the left of Crawford.