CHICAGO — Patrick Kane and the Blackhawks have that look again, and another Stanley Cup is within reach.
Kane scored two goals to lift Chicago to a 3-1 victory over Boston on Saturday and a 3-2 lead in the Stanley Cup final.
Kane had 10 goals — including the series-ender in overtime against Philadelphia — and 18 assists when Chicago won it all in 2010. Now he has seven goals over the past seven games.
"I was in the right spot at the right time on both goals," said Kane, who has nine goals and 10 assists this postseason. "Everyone wants to be that guy in big-time games, and I've been lucky enough in a couple to step up."
Since the NHL went to a best-of-seven format for the Cup final in 1939, the winner of Game 5 in a tied series has gone on to win the title 15 of 22 times.
But the Bruins likely aren't scared.
In 2011, they opened the playoffs with two home losses to Montreal before winning in seven. In the Cup final that season, they trailed 2-0 and 3-2 (after losing Game 5 of a tied series) before beating the Canucks in seven.
This year, they trailed the Leafs 4-1 in the third period of Game 7 of the first round before winning in overtime.
"You're not going to push us away that easily," Boston coach Claude Julien said. "It's pretty obvious. It's do or die. We've been there before, and we've done well in that situation."
Kane made it 1-0 with 2:33 left in the first, putting in a rebound after Johnny Oduya's shot from near the point sheared the blade off the stick of Boston defenseman Dennis Seidenberg.
It became 2-0 5:13 into the second when Kane buried the puck past Tuukka Rask after it came out to him at the side of the net.
It was the fourth goal the Blackhawks' top line — Kane, Jonathan Toews and Bryan Bickell — scored since being reunited before Game 4. Boston's Zdeno Chara, a five-time finalist for the Norris Trophy and winner in 2008-09, has been on the ice for three of them and eight of Chicago's nine goals of Games 4 and 5.
Chara cut it to 2-1 3:40 into the third. The Bruins nearly tied it with 2:20 left, but Crawford stopped Jaromir Jagr after the puck careened in front of the net. And Dave Bolland's empty-netter with 13.6 seconds left sealed it.
"They were able to put some pressure on us," Crawford said.
"But we were able to shut the door."
Injuries: Bruins center Patrice Bergeron was taken to a hospital after sustaining an undisclosed injury during the second. "Getting evaluated right now," Julien said. Also, Toews sat out the third with an upper-body injury after taking a hard hit from Johnny Boychuk. But coach Joel Quenneville said he hopes Toews can play Monday.
First Period—1, Chicago, Kane 8 (Oduya, Toews), 17:27. Penalties—Boychuk, Bos (roughing), 17:56; Sharp, Chi (roughing), 17:56.
Second Period—2, Chicago, Kane 9 (Bickell, Toews), 5:13. Penalties—Horton, Bos (hooking), :49; Handzus, Chi (diving), :49; Seidenberg, Bos (boarding), 5:59; McQuaid, Bos (roughing), 15:20.
Third Period—3, Boston, Chara 3 (Krejci, Lucic), 3:40. 4, Chicago, Bolland 2 (Frolik), 19:46 (en). Penalties—None. Shots on Goal—Boston 11-5-9—25. Chicago 8-11-13—32. Power-play opportunities—Boston 0 of 0; Chicago 0 of 2. Goalies—Boston, Rask 14-7-0 (31 shots-29 saves). Chicago, Crawford 15-7-0 (25-24). A—22,274 (19,717).
Stanley Cup final
BLACKHAWKS 3, BRUINS 2
Game 1: Blackhawks 4, Bruins 3 3 OT
Game 2: Bruins 2, Blackhawks 1 OT
Game 3: Bruins 2, Blackhawks 0
Game 4: Blackhawks 6, Bruins 5 OT
Saturday: Blackhawks 3, Bruins 1
Monday: at Boston, 8, Ch. 8
Wednesday: at Chicago, 8, Ch. 8 *
* If necessary