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Final: Blackhawks 3, Bruins 1

The Bruins must now win two straight games to claim the Stanley Cup.

The Bruins dropped Game 5 at the United Center on Saturday, 3-1. The Blackhawks, up 3-2 in the series, will play for the Cup in Game 6 at TD Garden on Monday.

The Bruins lost Patrice Bergeron to an undisclosed injury. After the second period, Bergeron was transported via ambulance to a local hospital for observation, according to the Bruins. The team did not specify the nature of Bergeron’s condition.

End of second period: Blackhawks, 2-0: Chicago, up 1-0 after 20 minutes, doubled its lead at 5:13 of the second period. Johnny Oduya started the play in the defensive zone. An instant before Milan Lucic stapled him to the end boards, Oduya chipped the puck off the wall to Bryan Bickell. The Bruins, slack in the neutral zone, gave up a three-on-two rush.


Tuukka Rask stopped Bickell’s first shot. But Bickell wheeled around the net, scooped up his rebound, and found Patrick Kane in front. Kane scored his second goal of the night to give the Blackhawks a 2-0 lead.

Bergeron suffered an undisclosed injury early in the second. During his first shift of the second, Bergeron left the ice early and hit the bench. Bergeron stayed on the bench, but bent over repeatedly and appeared to be in discomfort. Bergeron took only one shift after the injury.

End of first period: Blackhawks, 1-0: The Blackhawks grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first period. Chicago scored its goal after transitioning rapidly from defense to offense.

At one end, Corey Crawford sticked aside a Zdeno Chara one-timer. Moments later, the Blackhawks rushed the puck through center ice into the offensive zone. After Jonathan Toews fought off a Milan Lucic backcheck, the captain got the puck to Johnny Oduya at the point. Toews then went straight for the net.

Oduya’s slap shot shattered Dennis Seidenberg’s stick, then hopped off Toews’s blade. Tuukka Rask, who had gone down to stop Oduya’s shot, couldn’t readjust after the caroms. Patrick Kane found the loose puck and jammed it in at 17:27.


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