Blackhawks seize control

Blackhawks seize control
June 23, 2013, 1:45 am
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Greg Wyshynski joins Mike Giardi and Joe Haggerty for the latest edition of the Great American Hockey Show.

Bodies were flying in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals.

Patrice Bergeron went down with an injury and left in an ambulance.

Jonathan Toews went down with an injury and sat for the latter part of the game.

In the end, the Blackhawks seized control of the series with a 3-1 win, which gives them a 3-2 series lead.

Compete Level:

Wyshynski gives the award to Bryan Bickell for getting physical with Zdeno Chara and setting up Patrick Kane on an early goal.

Haggerty's vote goes to Patrick Kane, who scored the first two goals of the game and gave the Blackhawks and early lead that they'd never relinquish.

Giardi is sharing the love with the coaching staff, vote for Joel Quenneville for going back to the pairing of Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews. Since pairing those two studs together, the Blackhawks have looked like a different team and have won the last two games.

Turning Point:

It's hard to overlook the injury to Bergeron. Arguably the Bruins' best player, his injury may have changed the entire series.

But Haggerty begs to differ, instead saying the game changed in the first period when the Bruins failed to show up.

"I talked before the game about How important it was to come out strong and big in the first period and seize that game and grab it and shake it around a little bit and take a lead and they didn't do that"


* The Bruins will now head back to Boston for Game 6 on Monday night. They win, we'll have a Game 7. If they lose, their season is over.

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