Apr 25, 2014; St. Louis, MO, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Michal Handzus (26) and St. Louis Blues center Maxim Lapierre (40) battle for the puck during the second period in game five of the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scottrade Center. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

NHL Playoffs 2014, Blackhawks vs. Blues final score: Chicago top St. Louis, takes 3-2 series lead

The Chicago Blackhawks looked dead in the water after the first two games in the series against the St. Louis Blues but what qidfference a home stand can make. After falling down 2-0 to the Blues, the Blackhawks won two consecutive games at home inside the United Center to even the series and send it back to St. Louis.

With the series essentially a best of three from here on out, the Blackhawks came out firing in Game 5 after figuring out how to rattle Ryan Miller and the Blues in Games 3 and 4.

St. Louis hardly laid down and let the Blackhawks walk over them at home though as entering the night neither team had lost a playoff game at home this postseason. Chicago — and more specifically Jonathan Toews, ended that streak and now join the San Jose Sharks as the only teams in the West to have won on the road.

It took an extra period to decide a winner, but the Blackhawks and Toews caught the Blus in a line change that presented the Chicago captain with a breakaway attempt that resulted in the game wining goal.

It’s now three straight wins for the Blackhawks who will be getting Brent Seabrook back in this series. They may not need him though as one more win moves the Blackhawks on and completes another amazing Chicago comeback in a playoff series.

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