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Blackhawks move within 1 win of Stanley Cup title

June 23, 2013 • National News


Boston Bruins right wing Jaromir Jagr (68) reacts after a goal by the Chicago Blackhawks in the second period during Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Saturday, June 22, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

CHICAGO (AP) — It’s all so very familiar. Big goals from Patrick Kane. Solid all-around play from Jonathan Toews. A goaltender stepping forward at the right time.

The Chicago Blackhawks have that look again, and another Stanley Cup is within reach.

Kane scored two goals, Corey Crawford made 24 saves and the Blackhawks beat the Boston Bruins 3-1 on Saturday night to move within one victory of their second championship in four years.

“This is what you work for all year, all summer, when you’re training throughout the year, at training camp, whatever it may be,” Kane said. “This is what you work for, this opportunity. We’ve got to seize the moment and take advantage of it.”

Kane had a terrific postseason when Blackhawks won it all in 2010, including the winning score in a 4-3 overtime victory in Philadelphia that secured Chicago’s first title in 49 years. Now he’s picking up steam with the Blackhawks set to play for another Cup on Monday night in Boston, collecting seven goals in the last seven games.

Dave Bolland added an empty-net score, Toews had two assists and Bryan Bickell was credited with a team-high six hits and an assist. Toews also won nine of his 12 faceoffs before leaving with an upper-body injury.

“We’re hopeful he’ll be ready next game,” said coach Joel Quenneville, providing the usual vague description of injuries that’s so common in the NHL playoffs.

The Bruins also lost one of their key players when Patrice Bergeron was Login to read more

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