Chicago Blackhawks Take Game 5 and 3-2 Series Lead

Blackhawks Win Tough Injury Filled Game 5, Take 3-2 Cup Finals Lead

6/23/13 in NHL   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Blog Photo - Chicago Blackhawks Take Game 5 and 3-2 Series LeadThe Chicago Blackhawks won Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals 3-1 Saturday night. That gives them a 3-2 lead in the series, and a chance to close it out on Monday in Boston. However, two significant injuries could affect the series going forward.

Patrick Kane struck first late in the opening period, taking advantage of a puck that bounced off a Bruins' player's stick (and in fact broke it).

Kane struck again in the second period off a rebound, giving the Blackhawks a 2-0 advantage.

By that point, the Bruins Patrice Bergeron had left the game with an undisclosed injury, one serious enough to send him to the hospital for further evaluation. There is still no word on the severity of the injury or Bergeron's Game 6 availability. Suffice to say though, it doesn't look great. Chicago though did not escape the injury bug either. Jonathan Toews did not play in the third period after taking a big hit from Johnny Boychuk. Coach Joel Quenneville described it as an upper body injury, but expressed optimism that Toews would be ready for Game 6.

After taking all sorts of criticism for his performance in Game 4, Chicago goalie Corey Crawford was much better, stopping 25 of 26 shots. The only goal he gave up was off a blast by Zdeno Chara. Crawford's counterpart Tuukka Rask stopped 29 of 31 shots. The clinching goal was an empty netter by Dave Bolland.

The Blackhawks now sit one win away from another Cup, but will Bergeron or Toews play, and will their absence or potential limited play affect the teams? We find out Monday night in Boston.
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