Stanley Cup Game 5 blog

After an 11-goal shootout had us on the edge of our seats in

Game 4, the Blackhawks and Bruins got back to playing like the

first-rate defensive teams that they are in Game 5 of the

deadlocked Stanley Cup Finals on Saturday, with Chicago grabbing a

3-1 win and moving within a win of the title.

Here’s how it all went down.

After 20 minutes, the Blackhawks led 1-0 at home, the one goal

coming on Patrick Kane’s putback of a Johnny Oduya shot with

2:33 left in the frame. The goal is Kane’s second of the

series, and you can see it, in all its glory, below:

Coming into the game, the focus was undoubtedly on the

goaltenders, with many curious to see how Boston’s Tuukka

Rask and Chicago’s Corey Crawford would respond to their

respective trainwrecks Wednesday in Boston. In the first period

Saturday, Crawford made 11 saves and Rask stopped seven of eight

shots, including this little ditty:

In the second period, however, Kane’s dominance continued

— or maybe it was Rask regressing to the Rask of Game 4?

— as he gave the Blackhawks a 2-0 lead on an even-strength

goal 5:13 into the frame. Kane now has nine goals for the

postseason and has plenty of time left to pick up a third goal for

his second hat trick in his last six games.

Kane’s second goal would represent all of the scoring for the

second period, however, and the Blackhawks now find themselves up

2-0 with 20 minutes standing between themselves and a 3-2 series

lead. Michelle Pfeiffer is thrilled by this development:

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Check out Nathan Horton’s stitched-up face after taking a puck

to the eye on his own bench during the first period.

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There has also been quite a bit of talk about this check from

the middle of the second period:

It’s worth mentioning Michal Handzus’ penalty for diving. You

don’t see that called very often, mostly because hockey players

aren’t the types for embellishment:

Zdeno Chara is a big, big man who has won the last five All-Star

Weekend hardest shot contests — including a staggering 108.8

mph blast at the most recent contest, in 2012.

In the third period of Game 5, Chara finally put that wicked

slap shot to use for the first time since Game 1 of the conference

quarterfinals, going top-shelf past Blackhawks netminder Corey

Crawford to cut the Chicago lead to 2-1 with 16:20 left to

play.

And here’s the video of the Chara goal that made it 2-1.

Crawford never had a chance:

NBC and CBC just reported that Patrice Bergeron has left the

arena in an ambulance to be evaluated following an injury that had

kept him off the ice for most of the night so far. The thought, per

Twitter, is that he might have injured himself on this play, though

there’s no obvious injury in it:

Mike Milbury said Bergeron came out for one more shift after the

play in the video, but that he was only on the ice for “6 or 7

seconds” before returning to the bench. When the third period

started, he was no longer on the bench with the team, and about

midway through, they announced that he had left the building in an

ambulance.

Boston tried to make things interesting late, peppering Crawford

with shots late in the third period, but Crawford held strong and

Dave Bolland scored his second goal of the playoffs on an

empty-netter from the red line to seal the Blackhawks’ 3-1 win with

14 seconds to play.

Chicago now leads the series 3-2, and on Monday in Boston, the

Blackhawks will have a chance to secure their second Stanley Cup

championship in four years after a 49-year drought. Here is how

Bruins left-winger Milan Lucic felt about that development in the

seconds after Game 5 ended:

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