Bruins, Hawks may be without star centers

Bruins, Hawks may be without star centers
June 23, 2013, 3:00 pm
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News and notes as the Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins prepare for Monday night’s Game 6 in Boston, where the Blackhawks can clinch their second Stanley Cup in four years.

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What the Bruins are saying: “Well, it's pretty obvious. It's do or die. We've been there before, and we've done well in that situation. So we've got to win the next game. Right now our goal is to create a Game 7, and to create a Game 7 you've got to win game 6. So that's our approach to it. We've been good at home, and we need to be good at home obviously next game. It's as simple as that. Again, there is no panic. You're not going to push us away that easily. We're a committed group, and we plan on bouncing back.” – Bruins coach Claude Julien

Sidelined stars: Both teams played the third period without their injured stars. Bruins center Patrice Bergeron was taken to a Chicago hospital with a reported spleen injury. He joined the team on its flight back to Boston but is questionable for Game 6. Chicago captain Jonathan Toews also sat out the third period with an apparent head injury and is questionable for Game 6. Toews took a blow to the head from Boston defenseman Johnny Boychuk and sat on the bench in the third period. Boychuk did not face disciplinary action.    

Kane on fire: Chicago forward Patrick Kane, the first player selected in the 2007 NHL draft, recorded his fourth career multi-goal playoff game in the Hawks’ 2-1 win Saturday night. Kane has seven goals, including two game-winning scores, in his last seven games. That matches his total from his prior 39 postseason games dating to 2010. Kane has nine goals in 22 games during the 2013 playoffs, tied for second in the League and one behind teammate Patrick Sharp. His 19 postseason points also rank second in the NHL, six behind Boston’s David Krejci [9-16—25], who collected an assist in Game 5. In 11 career Stanley Cup Final games, Kane has six goals and seven assists.

Trending: The Blackhawks improved to 18-4 in Games 5 through 7 of a playoff series under head coach Joel Quenneville, including a 10-2 home record.
- Chicago goaltender Corey Crawford improved to 11-2 with a 1.54 GAA and .939 save percentage in 13 starts at United Center this postseason. He has a 4-5 mark with a 2.31 GAA and .923 save percentage in nine road appearances.
- The Blackhawks posted their league-high 11th win when scoring first in playoffs [11-3] and improved to 10-0 when leading after the second period.
- The Blackhawks improved to 4-0 in Game 5s this postseason. The Bruins fell to 1-2.Big Z: Boston defenseman Zdeno Chara scored his third goal of the 2013 postseason and 10th in 83 career playoff games with the Bruins. Chara is the sixth blueliner in Bruins history to record at least 10 postseason goals. The franchise’s all-time leader is Ray Bourque, who scored 36 in 180 career playoff games with Boston. Defensemen have scored 17 of Boston’s 63 goals this postseason (27 percent), the most among all playoff clubs.

Home ice: Home teams improved to 59-26 in the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs [.694], extending the NHL record for most wins by home clubs in a single postseason. The previous mark of 57 was set during the 1991 playoffs [92 games]. Home teams are guaranteed to have a postseason winning percentage of .600 or higher for the first time since 1993, when they went 52-33 [.612]. The Blackhawks have won seven of their last eight games at United Center and have a league-high 11 victories at home this postseason [11-2]. They have outscored their opponents, 41-23, on home ice.

Tweet, tweet: Phil Jackson (‏@PhilJackson11)
Hockey time for all you knuckleheads. Go B-Hawks
Scottie Pippen ‏(@ScottiePippen)
1 to go. Another great outing by @88PKane. Blackhawks looked strong start to finish tonight.
Rahm Emanuel (‏@RahmEmanuel)
1 more.
Luke Donald (‏@LukeDonald)
Kaner’s mullet is so bad it’s good! #1WinToGo
John Krasinski (‏@johnkrasinski)
Best I could do in a few days!!!  Go Bruins!!! @Beardathon Grow one for Boston!!!
Horatio Sanz (‏@MrHoratioSanz)
For my 12 fans in Boston. It ain’t personal. It’s business. #hockey
Bill Rancic (‏@BillRancic)
Hawks Win!!!
KevinSmith (‏@ThatKevinSmith)
HAWKS WIN! @NHLBlackhawks take Game 5 & could win the #StanleyCup on Monday! But don’t count the @NHLBruins out: we’ll likely have a Game 7!
Matt Duchene (‏@Matt9Duchene)
Chi-town shows they can win the close, low scoring games too! Big statement by Crawford as well answering his critics. #smallenfreuden

Loose pucks: The Bruins suffered their first regulation loss since Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, snapping a streak of 14 consecutive games (11-3, with all three losses coming in overtime) … The Bruins outhit the Blackhawks 53-22 in Game 5, led by a game-high eight from Milan Lucic. Lucic leads all players with 101 hits in the 2013 postseason ... Chicago defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson led all skaters with a plus-3 rating and is tied for sixth in the League in plus/minus this postseason (plus-10) ... Boston forward Carl Soderberg made his playoff debut, registering two shots on goal and three hits in 14:16 of ice-time.