CHICAGO - CSNNE Bruins Insider Joe Haggerty breaks down the good and the bad from the Bruins' 3-1 loss to the Blackhawks in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals. The Blackhawks now lead the series 3-2.
GOLD STAR: It’s got to be Pat Kane for potting both goals and picking a very opportune time to really get hot in the playoffs. Kane now has seven goals in his last seven games, and has sparked the Blackhawks with his offensive output in each of the last two games after being teamed back up with Jonathan Toews. Kane finished with a team-high six shots on net and generated nine shots total, and deserves credit for going to the danger areas on the ice to score both of his goals. They were loose pucks right in front of the net as Kane was crashing toward the paint area, and that’s one of the only places goals are scored in the playoffs. It says something about Kane that he’s going there as a “skill guy.”
BLACK EYE: Dennis Seidenberg has been a good soldier for the Bruins over the years, but he’s had a rough time of it during the Stanley Cup Finals. He had the weird play where he went for his glove in the corner during Game 1 while ignoring Andrew Shaw making his way to the net for the game-winner in triple overtime, and he’s been abused in each of the last two games by the speedy Chicago forwards. While Zdeno Chara has shouldered much of the blame for the goals against over the last two games, it’s Seidenberg that has really struggled being out of position and choosing the wrong times to pinch. After being on ice for both of Pat Kane’s goals in the first two periods, Claude Julien finally put Chara with Johnny Boychuk for the third period and they managed to stabilize things from that point forward.
TURNING POINT: The game turned in multiple ways once Patrice Bergeron went out with an injury in the second period. It made things infinitely more difficult for the Bruins to come back in the game after losing their best two-way player, who managed only 49 seconds on two shifts in the second period before leaving in an ambulance for the local hospital in the third period. Amazingly, the Bruins actually played better in the third period and rallied around each other knowing Bergeron was in a bad way, but it was too little, too late at that point. The Bruins have to hope the loss of Bergeron doesn’t become the turning point for losing the Stanley Cup Final series against the Blackhawks.
HONORABLE MENTION: Bryan Bickell and Jonathan Toews get nods for backing up all their talk about Zdeno Chara with action on the ice. They sounded pretty brash talking about hitting Chara, going at Chara and outworking Chara, but they once again rolled up their sleeves and did the work in Game 5 while playing gritty, physical hockey and accounting for the team’s first two goals in the game. They not only talked the talk, but they walked the walk for the Blackhawks – and deserve plenty of credit for that.
BY THE NUMBERS: 8 – the number of goals against that Zdeno Chara has been on the ice for over the last two games against the Blackhawks.
QUOTE TO NOTE: “It’s not normal.” –Zdeno Chara, when being asked if it was normal for him to be on the ice for so many goals against in the last two playoff games.