Blackhawks Take Game 5, Close in on Stanley Cup
2013 NHL Stanley Cup Finals - Game 6
Patrick Kane buried two goals and Dave Bolland tallied another as the Chicago Blackhawks moved a win away from the Stanley Cup with a 3-1 win over the Boston Bruins in Game 5 at United Center.
Kane scored on a rebound goal in the first period and added another in the second before Bolland scored an empty-net tally in the final seconds for the Blackhawks, who have a chance to close it out in Boston Monday.
Goaltender Corey Crawford made 23 saves while captain Jonathan Toews assisted on both of Kane's goals before missing the third period due to injury after he was hit hard by Boston defenseman Johnny Boychuk with 8:12 left in the second quarter.
The Bruins are 8-3 at TD Garden in the playoffs this season and the Blackhawks are 4-5 on the road but they won the Stanley Cup away from home in 2010 on Kane's Game 6 overtime winner.
Goalie Tuukka Rask stopped 29 of 31 shots after giving up six goals in Game 4 while Zdeno Chara recorded the only goal for the Bruins, who missed the services of Patrice Bergeron for most of the second and third periods.
After playing only two shifts totaling 49 seconds in the second period, Bergeron left the game and was taken to a local hospital for observation, according to the team.
Carl Soderberg, who was making his Stanley Cup Playoff debut, skated in Bergeron's spot between Jaromir Jagr and Brad Marchand.
Kane gave Chicago a 1-0 lead at 17:27 of the first period after Johnny Oduya's shot from the left point broke Dennis Seidenberg's stick.
Then, Kane picked up the puck, quickly shifted to his backhand and tucked it inside the left post as Rask had no time to retreat back to the post.
In the second period, Kane scored his second goal of the night 5:13 into the second period to give the Blackhawks a 2-0 lead.
Chara sliced the deficit in half with 16:20 left in regulation when he hammered a one-timer from the left circle over Crawford's catching glove after receiving a pass from center David Krejci.
However, Bolland capped the scoring with an empty-net goal with 13.6 seconds left.
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