GLENDALE, Ariz. -- There must be something about late-game pressure at Jobing.com Arena that brings out the best in the Chicago Blackhawks.
First it was goals in the final seconds of Games 1 and 2 to rise from the dead and force overtime. The Blackhawks capitalized on one of those opportunities to avoid falling into a 2-0 hole in their Western Conference first-round series.
In Game 5 on Saturday night, though, it wasn't just a loss the Blackhawks avoided. It was the end of their season that was avoided, at least temporarily, with a 2-1 win, as an overtime goal from captain Jonathan Toews allowed Chicago to stay alive and force a Game 6 back in Chicago on Monday.
"That overtime period especially, we had that feeling that this was our game, and we're going to go out there and take it," Toews said. "They haven't given us much this series, but tonight we weren't going to be denied."
Toews didn't need long to deliver on that feeling, as he won a face-off, freed the puck from a scrum ...