Raising Kane- Patrick Kane scored a pair of goals while Chicago goalie Corey Crawford made 28 saves as the Blackhawks took down the Boston Bruins 3-1 to move to within one win of their second Stanley Cup in four years. Blackhawks goal Corey Crawford made 24 saves while David Bolland added an empty net score with 13 seconds remaining to clinch the game and give Chicago a 3-2 lead in the best of seven series to the delight of over 22,000 at Chicago’s United Center. The Sixth Game of this Stanley Cup final will move back to Boston Monday where the Bruins will be hoping for force a seventh and deciding game back in Chicago Wednesday night. Both teams were also rocked with a pair of key injuries as Patrice Bergeron for the Bruins and Jonathan Toews for the Blackhawks both left the game in the second period.
Kane’s first goal of the evening occurred at the 17:27 mark of the first period where he was able to tap into the net a rebound of a shot on goal from Johnny Oduya. The blast from Oduya on the way to the net broke the stick of the Bruins’ Dennis Seidenberg before being deflected to Kane’s stick by Toews. With the puck already past Bruin’s goalie Tuukka Rask in the crease, Kane was in position for the easy tip in. This came after Rask had spent most of the period defending the Bruins net in making some remarkable saves including denying the Blackhawks Patrick Shape twice. Kane would tally one more time in the second period as he took a perfect behind the net feed pass from Bryan Bickell who was able to get the rebound of his own shot on goal off Rask. Meanwhile Crawford was busy turning back every Bruins scoring chance that came along and was perfect trough two periods of play.
Zdeno Chara would drill a slap shot past Crawford at the 3:40 mark of the third period to give the Bruins hope in cutting the Chicago lead to one. The Bruins would keep the pressure up for the majority of the period however could not find the equalizer as Crawford shook off Chara’s goal and regained the dominance of his net. Rask meanwhile made a number of saves through the final period keeping the Bruins in striking distance. The suspense of the evening would end with Bolland scoring an empty net goal with just 14 seconds remaining despite Milan Lucic’s protests to the officiating crew that he was clearly tripped just seconds before.
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