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Corey Crawford, Chicago Blackhawks Move One Game Closer To Stanley Cup Glory

Corey Crawford

Scott Stewart – USA TODAY Sports

It was certain that somebody would have a chance to hoist Lord Stanley’s Cup on Monday night in Boston. The only question coming into Saturday’s game was whether it would be the Boston Bruins or the Chicago Blackhawks. After a dominating performance by Corey Crawford and Patrick Kane‘s offensive outburst, the Blackhawks move one game closer to winning the Cup.

Kane scored two of the three goals and Crawford stopped 24 of the 25 shots he faced, as Chicago beat Boston 3-1. In a series that has been closer than anyone could imagine, Game 5 didn’t disappoint either. Three of the five games have been decided in overtime and Game 3 was a 2-0 win for Boston. Game 5 was actually closer than the 3-1 final, as Chicago scored the final goal on an empty-netter by Dave Bolland in the final minute.

Perhaps a bigger concern for Boston going into Game 6 on Monday night is the fact that Patrice Bergeron was taken to a Chicago hospital during G ame 5 for observation. Without knowing the extent of the injury, there is no way of telling whether or not he will be available to play in Game 6. For Boston, this could be bad news. During the postseason, Bergeron has 15 points for the Bruins and with the struggles they are having against Crawford, his offense will be missed if he can’t play. Regardless, the Bruins have to be ready to play. Game 6 will be the last game played in Boston this season, and it could be the last hockey game played this season.

Chicago is looking to close out the series in Game 6 and not have to play Game 7. Although Game 7 would be in Chicago, you don’t want to give Tuukka Rask any type of momentum going into a winner-take-all game. Unless you’re a Blackhawks fan, the hockey universe is hoping Boston wins Game 6 and forces a Game 7. There’s nothing more exciting than a Game 7 in the playoffs, and add in the fact that this series has been so close, it would only add to the excitement. Either way, this series will go down as one of the all-time greatest Stanley Cup Finals in NHL history.

Greg Higgins is a NHL contributor for Rantsports.com. Follow him on Twitter: @greghiggins457