In a terrific Stanley Cup Final series, the Chicago Blackhawks are on the brink of winning their second NHL title in four years. But the Boston Bruins will be defending home ice in Game 6 Monday night.
Despite early summer temperatures in the 90s Monday in Boston, the ultimate wintertime sport will be played in the "Cradle of Liberty." Game 6 of the National Hockey League's Stanley Cup Final between the Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks, with Chicago up three games to two, will be played at 8 p.m. Monday night at the TD Garden in Boston.
The two "Original 6" franchises have put on one of the most entertaining and enthralling Stanley Cup Finals in recent years. The Bruins and Blackhawks split the first two games in Chicago before splitting the next pair in Boston. Game 4 was akin to Mrs. O'Leary's cow starting the Great Chicago Fire for all the goals, 11 in total, that were deposited in both nets last Thursday night (Tip of the cap to NBC's Mike Emrick, who referred to the action as "fire wagon hockey").
Game 5 Saturday night in Chicago saw the Blackhawks use their team speed to create numerous scoring chances against the Bruins. Forward Patrick Kane, who had been relatively quiet earlier in the series, came alive with two goals, one in the first and one in the second period, to take control of the contest.
Despite a 2-0 deficit early in the third period, Boston finally got its offensive game in gear. Defenseman Zdeno Chara, who also hadn't made much noise offensively for the B's, finally blasted a slapshot past Chicago goalie Corey Crawford to close the gap.
However, Crawford and the Blackhawks did not permit the Bruins to get any closer and won, 3-1, and now stand one win away from capturing the Stanley Cup, the trophy bestowed on the NHL championship team.
Two significant players, one for each club, were knocked out of Game 5 due to injury. Chicago captain and center Jonathan Toews who absorbed a heavy check in the second period of Game 5. But he has told USAToday.com that he's fit enough to play in Game 6.