Patrick Kane and the Blackhawks will take the ice Monday night at TD Garden hungry to close out the Stanley Cup Final and claim their second championship in four seasons.
For the Blackhawks, it’s a familiar situation.
In 2010, Chicago held a 3-2 series advantage over the Flyers and traveled to Philadelphia for Game 6. Kane netted a goal 4:06 into overtime for a 4-3 victory and the Blackhawks exited town with the Stanley Cup.
When asked what it would be like to win in that fashion again, Kane steered clear from venturing into the team’s last Cup run.
“I don’t know, I think the stars would have to be aligned right for it to happen like that again,” said Kane, who scored twice in Chicago’s 3-1 victory over the Bruins in Game 5 Saturday night. “I think the biggest thing is trying to help contribute any way I can, help this team get a win, especially the situation we’re in. You want to take advantage of it in the next game. I’ll do whatever I can to help the team win, and it would be a great feeling.”
Kane thought back to the 2010 victory, and how proud the team was just to be in that situation. This time around, he said he would keep those feelings in mind, and not look ahead.
“We were kind of living and dying on every play,” Kane said. “We were excited to be there. I can say the same about this year.
“It’s a heck of an opportunity we have tomorrow night. You’ve got to look at the team we’re playing against. They’ve been in much worse situations than this and have been able to rally back and fight for their lives.”
Likewise, the Bruins have overcome this very same predicament. After falling behind the Canucks, 3-2, in 2011, they rallied for a pair of victories and captured the Stanley Cup with a 4-0 victory in Vancouver.
Chicago defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson acknowledged Boston’s ability to overcome adversity but did not shy away from the thought of closing the series in six games.
“We’ve got confidence, too,” Hjalmarsson said. “We all know it’s going to be the toughest game of the year, maybe in my whole career so far. It’s going to take a lot for us to get away with a win here.”
Plenty in the tank
Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith didn’t register a point in Saturday night’s victory, but his impact certainly did not go unnoticed. Alongside partner Brent Seabrook, Keith logged a game-high 27:45 of ice time, as he worked feverishly to shut down Boston’s top scoring threats. Just three days earlier, Keith led all skaters with 32:37 in the team’s 6-5 overtime victory. “He’s one of those guys, he’s a workhorse and he doesn’t get fatigued or tired in the course of a game,” Joel Quenneville said. “He can play significant minutes without the wear and tear. He’s not that big of a guy that can normally get exposed to. But he just rolls with it and he wants more, and I think he’s been very effective.” . . . After Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa was scratched following Game 3’s pregame warm-ups, he returned in Games 4 and 5. Quenneville does not anticipate Hossa will miss any more time. “He’s getting better, and we expect him to play,” said the coach.