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Game 5 felt a lot like game 3 in many ways. Instead of it being the Bruins who dominated on all fronts, it was the Blackhawks who had this one in the bag from start to finish. Once again Boston’s poor defensive play and inability to pressure the net was their Achilles heal. Another bad break for the Bruins was when Patrice Bergeron went down with an injury. He has been one of the Bruins top 3 players this postseason (along with Krejci and Rask) and if he’s not able to go in Game 6, then the Bruins will have almost an insurmountable task on their hands.

In game 5 Patrick Kane was able to spread his wings again and continue to regain his mojo that he’s had in the previous 3 series. He scored his 8th and 9th goals in the playoffs to help push Chicago past Boston in game 5. Albeit they weren’t “pretty” goals, Kane continued to show why he’s one of the biggest offensive threats in the NHL. He’ll need to have a big game 6 if Chicago wants to hoist the cup in Boston.

The one bright spot for the Bruins in game 5 was once again Tuukka Rask. He’s been at the top of his game all throughout the playoffs and has shown that he’s an upper echelon goalie in the NHL. The two goals he allowed were in large part because Chicago was able to get traffic in front of the net and capitalize on rebounds. Defense has been bringing down the Bruins in the past few games and now their backs are against the walls in game 6. One offensive change that Claude Julien made was scratching the struggling Kaspars Daugavins for Swedish rookie Carl Söderberg. Daugavins had been playing very poorly since he was added to the line up to fill in for Gregory Campbell and it was a smart move for Julien to scratch him for game 5. We’ll see what Claude Julien will do for game 6, and Patrice Bergeron’s status is crucial for the Bruins’ chances of capturing the cup for the 2nd time in 3 years. The puck drops for game 6 at 8:00 Eastern on Monday night in Boston.

 





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