For the second straight game, Patrick Kane was the best player on the ice.
In Game 5, Kane netted two goals for the Chicago Blackhawks to lead them to a 3-1 victory and a 3-2 series lead as they will head to Boston on Monday night to try and clinch the Stanley Cup.
Kane has been a thorn in the Bruins side the past two games as he has lit the lamp three times. Kane now has nine goals and 10 assists in the playoffs, and has scored seven times in his last seven games.
On Saturday night, Kane logged 20:54 of ice time, rattled off six shots and was a plus-1 against the Bruins’ top two defensemen.
There was no question on this night that Kane was the difference as he was getting to the dirty areas. Moreover, he was flying in the open ice and made Tuukka Rask uncomfortable.
Kane has done it all – scoring the Stanley Cup winning goal in Philadelphia three years ago and netted a hat trick and the series clinching goal against the Kings to send his team to the Cup Final. He was at it again on Saturday night lifting his team to one win shy of their second Stanley Cup victory in four seasons.
It was another hard-fought game by the two teams and one could argue Corey Crawford had a nice bounce-back game. But the Blackhawks goalie knew who carried his team in Game 5.
“It was just another good game by us,” Crawford said. “Kane stepped up and had two huge goals for us.”
It is no secret that Kane’s success recently has stemmed from being reunited with Jonathan Toews, who added two assists on the night before departing in the third period.
Kane had a very slow start to the 2013 postseason, but he’s heated up at the right time for the Blackhawks and Claude Julien knows it.
“Well, they have had two good games in a row and the way the goals were scored, they were scored close around the net,” said the sixth-year Bruins coach. “Kane scored three goals in the last two games and he’s very good at kind of finding those quiet areas and sliding into the right spot. That’s why he’s a good player and scores a lot of goals.”
This was Kane’s fifth multiple-point game of this post season including the hat trick in Game 5 of the Western Conference Final against the Kings.
The Bruins will be playing with desperation in Game 6 on Monday in Boston and it could be without Patrice Bergeron.
With or without Bergeron, the Black and Gold are still alive and have done it before. But the B’s must slow down and rattle Kane a little more than he has in the last two games.
Otherwise, Kane and company could very well hoist the Stanley Cup over their heads Monday night at the TD Garden.