Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Tampa Bay Lightning

Blackhawks victimize Bruins' Chara in Stanley Cup final

BOSTON — The Blackhawks haven't just taken control of the Stanley Cup final. They've done it against one of the league's best defenseman.

Down 2-1 after scoring a combined one goal in Games 2 and 3, Chicago won Games 4 and 5 — and moved within a win in tonight's Game 6 of its second Stanley Cup in four seasons — by scoring nine goals. Eight came while Boston's Zdeno Chara, the five-time Norris Trophy finalist and winner in 2008-09, was on the ice.

"I don't think there was one thing said where we really wanted to attack him or go at him or try to hit him or anything like that," said Chicago wing Patrick Kane, whose two goals Saturday came with Chara on the ice.

"Sometimes, you worry about one player who you're matched up against on the ice. It goes to your disadvantage because you worry too much and don't play the game you should be playing. I think we just got back to playing the way we have and the way we know how to."

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said his team needed to get more scoring chances — even if Chara was on the ice.

"In the offensive zone, we needed to have better possession time," he said. "Whether it was absorbing hits or finishing checks or going to hard areas and not necessarily worrying about him, I think getting to the net was our focus."

Chara also was on the ice for Chicago's overtime goal in Game 4. He was battling Chicago wing Jonathan Toews in front of the net when Brent Seabrook's shot from the right point beat Tuukka Rask.

Bruins coach Claude Julien said he expects Chara to bounce back.

"They're throwing the pucks in his corner, and they want to … tire him out," he said. "He's a well-trained athlete that can handle that, and you'll see that in the next game and, hopefully, the one after that."

Rask also relies on Chara to make things tougher for opponents.

"He's playing against the best players," he said. "It's not so easy to shut them down all the time. He usually does a great job with that, and I have no doubts in him."

Injuries: The Bruins did not say if center Patrice Bergeron, who left Saturday's game with an undisclosed injury, will play tonight. He was released from a Chicago hospital and flew with the team to Boston. Meanwhile, the Blackhawks said they are optimistic Toews will play. He left Saturday's game with an upper-body injury sustained on a hit by Johnny Boychuk.

Leafs-King trade: Toronto got backup goalie Jonathan Bernier from Los Angeles for wing Matt Frattin, backup goalie Ben Scrivens and a conditional second-round pick.

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

Game 5: Blackhawks 3, Bruins 1

Tonight: at Boston, 8, Ch. 8

Wednesday: at Chicago, 8, Ch. 8 *

* If necessary

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