Both the Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins suffered major injuries in Game Five of the Stanley Cup Finals. The Blackhawks took a 3-2 series lead, despite losing Jonathan Toews for the third period. The Bruins struggled without Patrice Bergeron, who got hurt in the second period. Now, the clubs are hopeful to have their star players back for the Game Six, a possible elimination contest.
With Chicago guaranteed to host a possible Game Seven, it might be more important for Boston to get back their injured center. However, it appears that Toews is the one that will almost certainly be in the ice at TD Garden. Dan Rose of NHL.com is reporting that the 2013 Selke Award winner says he’s “absolutely” playing on Monday night.
Toews didn’t play in Saturday’s third period after being hit in the head by Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk. He remained on the bench and watched his teammates take command of the series with a 3-1 victory. The defenseman assisted on both of Patrick Kane’s goals, before being forced to sit.
Bergeron is also likely to play. Boston head coach Claude Julien said Bergeron will dress for warm-ups and he’s confident that the 28-year-old will be ready to go by game time. Bergeron has been a key to the Bruins run to the Stanley Cup Finals, registering nine goals in the playoffs, including four against the Blackhawks.
On Sunday, Julien said Bergeron was “day to day” with what he called a “body injury.” It wasn’t clear how he got hurt, but Boston’s best two-way player was sent to the hospital on Saturday night. Having Bergeron in the lineup will be important for goalie Tuukka Rask, who’s allowed eight goals in the past two games. Rask had given up just eight goals in the previous eight contests.