The last time the Chicago Blackhawks played a Game 5 in the Stanley Cup Finals they skated away with a 7-4 victory against the Flyers. While it was not the same high-scoring affair as it three years ago the Hawks repeated the feat and came away with a 3-1 win against the Boston Bruins on Saturday night to take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-7 series.
The Hawks recaptured home-ice advantage the last time they were in Boston and look to capture Lord Stanley’s Cup on Monday in Game 6 at the TD Garden.
Patrick Kane led the charge with two goals and Dave Bolland provided an empty-netter with Zdeno Chara scoring the lone goal for the Bruins in the third-period pass Corey Crawford who recorded 24 saves.
Kane started the scoring late in the first knocking in a rebound to give the Hawks the 1-0 lead at with two and half minutes to play. The sequence began with a hard slap shot from Johnny Oduya at the left wing that broke Bruins’ defensemen Dennis Seidenberg‘s stick leaving puck to the right of Tuukka Rask for an easy tip in.
Chara has been on the ice for six of the last seven goals the Bruins have allowed and was there for Kane’s second goal. Bryan Bickell sent the puck to the net and then took the rebound behind the net, throwing it back in front to an open Kane. The backhanded goal was Kane’s ninth on the postseason and gave the Hawks a 2-0 lead at the 5:13 mark.
The second frame saw the Hawks second goal and key injuries to both teams. A battle tested Patrice Bergeron skated to the bench after only two shifts. Bergeron was then taken to a local hospital for evaluation. No update was provided by the Bruins organization on his condition. The Hawks lost captain Jonathan Toews, who did not take a shift in the third due to an upper-body injury that occurred from Johnny Boychuk with 8:12 left in the second.
The Bruins got on the board at the 3:40 mark in the third to cut the lead in half. David Krejci took a pass from Milan Lucic before sending it to the front to Chara who sent a slapshot in the net from the left faceoff-circle.
The Hawks won the championship on the road in Game 6 the last two times they lifted the Cup and have the opportunity to do so on Monday, when Game 6 is scheduled for TD Garden (7 p.m. CT; NBC, CBC, RDS).