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National Hockey League Playoff Game Capsules

5:23 AM, Jun 23, 2013   |    comments
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Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Patrick Kane scored a pair of goals and the Chicago Blackhawks grabbed the series lead in a 3-1 victory over the Boston Bruins in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals from United Center. Kane scored a goal in the first and second period, while Corey Crawford stopped 23 shots to give the Blackhawks a 3-2 lead in this best-of-seven series. Dave Bolland wrapped up the win with an empty-netter in the final moments. Chicago can wrap up its second Cup championship in four years on Monday as Game 6 will be played at TD Garden in Boston. However, the team might be without team captain Jonathan Toews, who took a hit high to the back by Johnny Boychuk in the second period. He skated several more shifts in the frame and was on the bench for the third period, but did not skate in the frame. After the game, Chicago head coach Joel Quenneville said that Toews had an upper-body injury and was hopeful he'd be ready for Game 6. Zdeno Chara scored the lone goal for the Bruins, who played half of the second period and all of the third without Patrice Bergeron. The forward left the game with an undisclosed injury and was taken to a local hospital for observation. Tuukka Rask turned away 29-of-31 shots in defeat for Boston, which is looking to take home the Cup for the second time in three years. Boston can look to its past for inspiration, though, as the team lost Game 5 of the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals in Vancouver to fall into a 3-2 hole, only to rally with wins in Game 6 and 7 to take home the championship.

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