Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Patrick Kane scored a pair of goals and the
Chicago Blackhawks grabbed the series lead in a 3-1 victory over the Boston
Bruins in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals from United Center. Kane scored a
goal in the first and second period, while Corey Crawford stopped 23
shots to give the Blackhawks a 3-2 lead in this best-of-seven series.
Dave Bolland wrapped up the win with an empty-netter in the final moments.
Chicago can wrap up its second Cup championship in four years on Monday as
Game 6 will be played at TD Garden in Boston. However, the team might be
without team captain Jonathan Toews, who took a hit high to the back by
Johnny Boychuk in the second period. He skated several more shifts in the
frame and was on the bench for the third period, but did not skate in the
frame. After the game, Chicago head coach Joel Quenneville said that Toews
had an upper-body injury and was hopeful he'd be ready for Game 6. Zdeno
Chara scored the lone goal for the Bruins, who played half of the second
period and all of the third without Patrice Bergeron. The forward left the
game with an undisclosed injury and was taken to a local hospital for
observation. Tuukka Rask turned away 29-of-31 shots in defeat for Boston,
which is looking to take home the Cup for the second time in three years.
Boston can look to its past for inspiration, though, as the team lost Game 5
of the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals in Vancouver to fall into a 3-2 hole, only to
rally with wins in Game 6 and 7 to take home the championship.
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