The Chicago Blackhawks took a 3-2 series lead on Saturday night, protecting their home ice in the process. Two goals from Patrick Kane were all the Blackhawks needed in Game 5, as the Boston Bruins were simply stifled all night long.
Kane gave Chicago an early 2-0 lead in the contest, but the Bruins got a third period goal from Zdeno Chara that made things a bit more interesting. However, the Blackhawks defense and the goal tending of Corey Crawford was enough to knock Boston out of rhythm throughout. A late, empty-net goal sealed the deal in Chicago’s 3-1 victory on Saturday.
The series will now switch back to the east coast, as Boston will take the ice in Game 6 with their backs against the wall. The main stories leading up to Monday’s contest however, will be the health of two of the stars in this series. Patrice Bergeron left the game early on and it was reported that he left the United Center in an ambulance prior to the game’s conclusion. As for Chicago, Jonathan Toews was also kept on the bench with an apparent injury, although his status remains unknown for the time being.
The Blackhawks didn’t need Toews on Saturday night, but that could be a different story when things switch back to Boston. With that being said, same would apply to Bergeron’s potential availability to the Bruins.
This series has been full of nail biters, so hockey fans shouldn’t expect anything less in Game 6. With their backs against the wall, Boston will need to make a statement and force this series back to the Windy City on Monday night.
The last time the Bruins trailed 3-2 in the Stanley Cups Finals however, Boston scored nine goals in two combined victories to hoist the trophy in Game 7 against the Vancouver Canucks in 2011.
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