Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup Final Notes: Chapter Five

The captain won’t be benched tonight. Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

Three years ago, the Chicago Blackhawks went to Philadelphia for Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final. After 64 minutes, a once-in-a-lifetime shot from an impossible angle brought the Stanley Cup back to Chicago after 49 years. Now the Blackhawks are in Boston for Game 6 against the Boston Bruins, but the planets would have to align perfectly for that scenario to happen again.

The main headline from Saturday’s 3-1 Blackhawks win was Patrice Bergeron and Jonathan Toews not playing in the third period. Toews was hit by Johnny Boychuk and sat out the third, despite his pleadings to take just one shift. That move made fans worry because of Toews’ history of concussions. Bergeron wasn’t hit, but something happened that caused him to leave the game and head to the hospital in an ambulance. There was a lot of speculation, but luckily it wasn’t a spleen injury as was initially thought. It was more likely to be a kidney stone, and he’ll be playing.

Toews will also be on the ice tonight. This is good news indeed for the Blackhawks, since Toews won nine of his 12 faceoffs on Saturday. It’s also good for Patrick Kane because that means more chances for both of them to score or a least come close to scoring. Kane was the hero of Saturday’s game, so Toews’ chance could come in this one.

Okay fans, time to bite your nails, sit on the edge of your seats and feel nauseous. The Cup could be lifted tonight, or the series could head back to Chicago. Buckle up for a game that will throw your emotions into a woodchipper.

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