Chicago is getting big performances form their best players as the 2013 NHL season comes to a close. Patrick Kane has helped lead the Blackhawks to two straight victories, putting them one win away from clinching their second Stanley Cup title in four years. He followed up his one goal, one assist night in Game Four with two goals in Chicago’s 3-1 Game Five win.
After both goaltenders struggled in Game Four, Corey Crawford was able to bounce back on Saturday and play the way he has for most of the playoffs. He allowed just one goal on 25 shots, despite losing top defenseman Jonathan Toews for the entire third period with an injury.
Boston lost command of the series in the last two contests and has their backs against the wall entering Monday night. The Bruins offense will have to be much sharper in Game Six in order to force a Game Seven. With no power play opportunities, they didn’t get many quality looks at the net throughout the contest.
The loss of Patrice Bergeron, who suffered an injury in the second period, made it more difficult for Boston to mount a comeback. The center was a finalist for the Selke Award, and is tied with David Krejci for the team lead in the postseason with nine goals.
Game 1: Chicago 4, Boston 3 (3OT)
Game 2: Boston 2, Chicago 1 (OT)
Game 3: Boston 2, Chicago 0
Game 4: Chicago 6, Boston 5 (OT)
Game 5: Chicago 3, Boston 1
Game 6: at Boston, Monday, June 24, 8 p.m. ET, NBC
Game 7: at Chicago, Wednesday, June 26, 8 p.m. ET, NBC*