Chicago Blackhawks One Win Away From Taking Stanley CupNancy Kercheval
Patrick Kane scored two goals for the Chicago Blackhawks who beat the Boston Bruins 3-1 to move within one win of claiming the National Hockey League’s Stanley Cup.
The Blackhawks, who head to Boston for Game 6 tomorrow, lead the best-of-seven series three games to two. Chicago last won the Stanley Cup in 2010, while the Bruins took home the trophy in 2011.
“It’s been a war, it’s been a battle,” Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville told reporters. “You look at every minute from Game 1 to where we’re at today. It’s been an amazing series, and relentless hockey, and I commend the guys on both teams for leaving it out on the ice.”
The Bruins lost their star forward when Patrice Bergeron skated off the ice and was transported by ambulance to the hospital. Coach Claude Julien declined to discuss the injury, saying Bergeron was being held for observation.
“It’s just an injury that wasn’t able to let him finish the game,” Julien told reporters. “He may be in the next game. I’m not going there.”
Kane scored his first goal 17 minutes, 27 seconds into the contest on home ice at United Center in Chicago. He then put the Blackhawks ahead 2-0 at 5:13 of the second period.
Dave Bolland added an empty-net score with 14 seconds remaining in the game for the Blackhawks’ final goal.
Chicago’s Jonathan Toews had two assists before leaving the game with an upper-body injury in the second period.
“We’re hopeful he’ll be ready next game, upper body,” Quenneville told reporters. “We’ll see how he is tomorrow.”
Zdeno Chara gave the Bruins their only goal in the third period.
“It’s do or die. We’ve been there before, and we’ve done well in that situation,” Julien said. “Right now our goal is to create a Game 7, and to create a Game 7 you’ve got to win Game 6. There is no panic. You’re not going to push us away that easily. We’re a committed group, and we plan on bouncing back.”