CHICAGO (AP) — Patrick Kane was right there again. Slicing
through the middle of the ice, setting up his teammates for prime
opportunities. Using his skills to beat another hot goaltender.
When it comes to the Stanley Cup finals, the talented forward just loves
to put on a show.
Kane scored two goals, Corey Crawford made 24 saves and the Chicago
Blackhawks beat the Boston Bruins 3-1 on Saturday night to move within one
victory of their second championship in four years.
"This is what you work for all year, all summer, when you're training
throughout the year, at training camp, whatever it may be," Kane said.
"This is what you work for, this opportunity. We've got to seize the
moment and take advantage of it."
Kane had a terrific postseason when Blackhawks won it all in 2010,
including the winning score in a 4-3 overtime victory in Philadelphia that
secured Chicago's first title in 49 years. Now he's picking up steam with
the Blackhawks set to play for another Stanley Cup on Monday night in
Boston, collecting seven goals in the last seven games.
Dave Bolland added an empty-net score, Toews had two assists and Bryan
Bickell was credited with a team-high six hits and an assist. Toews also
won nine of his 12 faceoffs before leaving with an upper-body injury.
"We're hopeful he'll be ready next game," said coach Joel Quenneville,
providing the usual vague description of injuries that's so common in the
The Bruins also lost one of their key players when Patrice Bergeron was
hurt in the second. It was unclear what happened to the star center, but
the team said he was taken to a hospital for observation.
"As far as we're concerned, he's just getting evaluated right now," coach
Claude Julien said. "Not much I can say on his situation."
Zdeno Chara scored in the third period for the Bruins, who lost
consecutive games for the first time since the first round against
Toronto. Tuukka Rask made 29 saves, keeping the Bruins close while they
scrambled to generate quality chances.
"We just ran out of time," Rask said.
Chara got a nice pass from David Krejci from behind the net and beat
Crawford on the glove side to make it 2-1 at 3:40 in the third period. The
whistling slap shot by the big defenseman came after he was on the ice for
five of Chicago's goals in the Blackhawks' 6-5 overtime victory Wednesday
The location of Chara's third postseason goal brought to mind the
glove-side difficulties for Crawford in Game 4. But he held up just fine
coming off the worst postseason game of his career.
"I think it was a big effort by everyone to come back, play defensively,
block shots, sacrifice our bodies to block those pucks and quickly get on
to offense," he said.
Crawford gloved Daniel Paille's slap shot early in the third, and the
Blackhawks helped their embattled goaltender by turning up the pressure on
Rask after the Bruins cut it to one. Kane forced Rask to make a couple of
nice stops, and Michael Frolik also made a run to the net.
The Blackhawks survived one last push by the Bruins after they pulled Rask,
and the crowd of 22,274 roared when the overhead videoboard showed the No.
1 and the Stanley Cup on the screen, signifying the team is one victory
away from its fifth title.
"We understand the situation and what's at stake, but our mindset is going
in there and trying to have the best game possible," defenseman Duncan
Keith said. "It's no different from tonight's game."
Not so for Boston.
"It's do or die," Julien said. "We've been there before, and we've done
well in that situation."
Boston and Chicago returned to the ice three days after they played the
highest-scoring game in this year's NHL playoffs.
It was a marked departure from the first three games of the finals, and
raised questions about what the play would be like in the last part of the
series. The answer, at least in Game 5, was a return to the strong team
defense and disciplined play. It meant little room to maneuver in both
offensive zones, especially for the series' biggest stars — except Kane.
"Guys that have that kind of innate skill of scoring and being a top
player, they anticipate like the rest of us would like to," Quenneville
With 2½ minutes left in the first, Johnny Oduya's long slap shot broke the
stick of Boston defenseman Dennis Seidenberg and trickled to the left side
of the net where Kane poked it in for eighth playoff goal.
The line of Kane, Toews and Bickell, which Quenneville put back together
before Game 4, struck again in the second. Bickell was stopped by Rask on
a rush along the left side, but skated behind the net and threw it back in
The puck went off the right side of the goal as Rask got his blocker to
the post. Kane then deftly backhanded the bouncing puck into the top of
the net to make it 2-0 at 5:13.
"You're not going to get those chances often, so it was good to bury
them," he said.
That proved to be enough for Crawford, who has allowed one goal or less in
nine games this postseason. But this one had to be particularly satisfying
after facing a barrage of questions about his glove over the past two
"I have a job to do," said Crawford, who watched from the stands when the
Blackhawks won it all in 2010. "Whatever is being said doesn't really
affect what I'm going to do on the ice."
Since the NHL went to a best-of-seven format for the Stanley Cup in 1939,
the winner of Game 5 in a deadlocked series has gone on to win the title
15 times in 22 occasions.
Those numbers likely don't scare Boston very much. The Bruins faced the
same situation against Vancouver in 2011 and came back to win the
"We're going to fight," center David Krejci said. "We're going to fight
with everything we have and force Game 7."
NOTES: Bruins rookie Carl Soderberg made his first career playoff
appearance when Julien decided to scratch Kaspars Daugavins. The
27-year-old Soderberg played a little more than 14 minutes in his first
game since April 28. ... Former Blackhawks G Ed Belfour received a loud
ovation and chants of "Ed-die! Ed-die!" when he was shown on the
videoboard in the second period. ... Actress Michelle Pfeiffer and her
husband David Kelley, a TV writer and producer, attended the game. ... The
Bruins had no power plays.