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CHICAGO — With the Stanley Cup Final shifting back here for Game 5 Saturday night, it meant not only a switch in venues for the Bruins from TD Garden in Boston to the cavernous United Center, but also a switch in game conditions.
After splitting the first two games on the Blackhawks’ home ice, the Bruins returned here with some valuable intelligence on the conditions they were likely to encounter in Game 5.
“Getting to play two games [here] definitely helps you learn that,’’ Milan Lucic said Friday. “They still have those metal seams between the glass, so you know the bounces that can come off of those.’’
That was but one of the discernible differences the Bruins encountered in their return to the Windy City.