David Bolland scored the go-ahead goal on a power play with 5:05 left, and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Vancouver Canucks 4-2 on Saturday night to take a 3-2 lead in the Western Conference semifinal series.
After Canucks forward Ryan Johnson failed on a great chance to clear the zone, and with defenseman Willie Mitchell missing his stick, Patrick Kane walked off the right boards and looked off goalie Roberto Luongo before finding Bolland open on the backdoor for a shot of the wide-open net.
Martin Havlat added an empty-net goal with 62 seconds left. The ending was delayed as disappointed fans littered the ice with drinks and popcorn.
The Blackhawks trailed 2-1 midway through the second period, but rallied to win for the third time in the series. Chicago can advance to the Western Conference finals at home with a Game 6 win on Monday night.
Vancouver would host Game 7 on Thursday, if necessary.
Defenseman Brian Campbell set up a pair of goals by Dustin Byfuglien, including the tying tally during a power play with 1:38 left in the second period for the Blackhawks. Chicago was less than three minutes from being down 3-1 in the series before rallying late and winning Game 4 in overtime at home.
Mats Sundin had a goal and an assist, and Ryan Kesler also scored for Vancouver.
Nikolai Khabibulin made 19 saves for Chicago, getting a break when Kyle Wellwood hit the post midway through the third period, but also getting a blocker on Kesler s short-handed 2-on-1 chance with seven minutes left.
After Chicago won what Canucks coach Alain Vigneault called a "chess match" in Game 4 on Thursday, the teams played a faster-paced, highly physical game Saturday with plenty of big hits and scrums after the whistle.
The Canucks got top defenseman Sami Salo back after he missed two games with an undisclosed lower-body injury, but Chicago opened the scoring for the first time in the series with 4:33 left in the first period. Big Byfuglien beat Mattias Ohlund to a rebound of Campbell's point shot through traffic and off Luongo's right pad.
The Blackhawks controlled much of the play in the opening period, pinning the Canucks in their own end for long stretches, but Kesler tied it on a lucky power-play bounce with 2:06 left. Wellwood's pass out of the corner bounced off Chicago defenseman Brent Seabrook to the top of the crease, where Kesler chopped the puck and sent it trickling between Khabibulin's legs.
Sundin gave the Canucks the lead shortly after they killed a power play midway through the second. He beat Khabibulin cleanly with a slap shot from the top of the left circle off a 3-on-2 rush.
Byfuglien tied it again after Vancouver was whistled for an extra penalty during a post-whistle scrum.
Kesler, leveled seconds earlier, couldn't one-hand a loose puck past Campbell at the blue line. Campbell fed it to Byfuglien alone in the slot, where he snapped a low shot under Luongo's pads.
Luongo finished with 26 saves.
Notes:@ O'Brien and Chicago D Matt Walker both received misconducts late in the second period, but it was an extra roughing penalty to O'Brien that gave the Blackhawks the penalty that led to the tying goal. ... The Blackhawks haven't been to the conference finals since 1995, following a second-round sweep of the Canucks.