After letting a massive opportunity to go up 3-1 in the series slip through their fingers at home on Wednesday, the Bruins traveled to Chicago for Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final knotted with the Blackhawks at two games apiece.
Here’s a quick GIF recap:
1-0 Blackhawks: Patrick Kane opens the scoring and gives the Blackhawks a first period lead after a Johnny Oduya slapshot breaks the stick of Dennis Seidenberg and deflects to Kane, who is behind the defense and tucks the puck into the twine from beside the net.
2-0 Blackhawks: Kane nets his second when Bryan Bickell collected his own rebound off a Tuukka Rask save and skated it behind the net before centering a feed to Kane in front of the net, and #88 shelfed a backhander past Rask.
2-1 Blackhawks: The Bruins lone goal came just under four minutes into the third period when David Krejci set up shop behind the ‘Hawks goal line and served up a one-timer for Zdeno Chara, who blasted a slapper past Corey Crawford glove side.
3-1 Blackhawks: Dave Bolland sails in an empty-netter to ice the victory for the Blackhawks. Milan Lucic was not pleased.
Now, if the Bruins want to win the Cup they’ll have to do it on the road in a Game 7, just like they had to in 2011. First, they’ll have to take care of business on home ice with their backs against the wall during Game 6 on Monday, and possibly without their best player in Patrice Bergeron.
Bergeron was taken to a Chicago-area hospital during Game 5 after appearing to experience some discomfort on the ice during a few quick shifts. Early speculation is that he may have a spleen issue, which would obviously be very bad news for the Bruins at this point.
See you Monday.