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Stanley Cup Playoffs 2013

It takes 16 wins. Can the Blackhawks do it again?

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Dean talks with former Blackhawks star and current NBC hockey commentator, Eddie Olczyk,  about the Blackhawks victory last night over the Bruins to take a 3-2 series lead.


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Former Chicago Blackhawks player Eddie Olczyk poses Thursday October 11, 2012 at IceLand, the Niles rink where he began skating. (Chris Walker/Chicago Tribune)

Marian Hossa talks about the 3-1 win in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final.

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The last time the Blackhawks headed to Boston they were in search of a victory to regain home-ice advantage.

This time, they’re after a much bigger prize.

The Hawks took a giant step toward capturing their second Stanley Cup in four seasons Saturday night when they topped the Bruins 3-1 in Game 5 of the finals at the United Center. The victory gave the Hawks a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series with Game 6 Monday night at TD Garden in Boston.

Patrick Kane, drafted No. 1 overall by the Hawks six years ago to the day, had two goals and Dave Bolland added an empty-netter to provide the offense while goaltender Corey Crawford earned the victory. The Hawks improved to 11-2 on home ice during the postseason as they held the Bruins to just a Zdeno Chara score in the third period. Tuukka Rask suffered the loss in goal as the Bruins fell to the brink of elimination.

Game 6 is Monday night in Boston. Pregame begins at 6:50 p.m. on 720 WGN, wgnradio.com, our apps, TuneIn and iHeartRadio.

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Patrick Kane celebrates his second goal with Duncan Keith and Jonathan Toews in the second period. (Chris Sweda / Chicago Tribune)

Sports night checks-in with Edzo, asking him about his thoughts on Corey Crawford’s bad game, how he sees the series as a whole, and his opinions on each team’s respective coaching.


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Former Chicago Blackhawks player Eddie Olczyk poses Thursday October 11, 2012 at IceLand, the Niles rink where he began skating. (Chris Walker/Chicago Tribune)

Greg Wyshynski predicts game 5 of the Stanley Cup playoffs pointing out the Toews-Kane line against Chara, gives his opinion on the debate about Corey Crawford’s glove-side vulnerability, and names the wild cards for each team.


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Jonathan Toews and the Bruins’ Zdeno Chara exchange words in the third period of Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final. (Nuccio DiNuzzo / Chicago Tribune)

The Tribune’s Chris Kuc offers his thoughts on Crawford’s struggles in game 4, Hossa playing through injury and the keys to game 5.


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Marian Hossa battles the Bruins’ Jaromir Jagr. (Scott Strazzante / Chicago Tribune)

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There are must-wins, and there are must-wins, and the Chicago Blackhawks encountered the latter in the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday.

Beat the Bruins, and the Hawks recapture home ice advantage while making the series a best-of-3. Lose, and it was another 3-1 series deficit, looking even more cavernous than the one the Hawks stared down two rounds earlier.

“We’re presenting this like a Game 7,” Hawks winger Bryan Bickell said before the game.

“If we get the win, we’ll be 2-2 going back home with momentum and home ice. Or it could be 3-1. I think it’s do or die. This is the biggest game in a lot of guys’ lives.”

A big blast from Brent Seabrook ended a wild game that spilled into yet another overtime, with the Hawks winning 6-5 in Game 4 and tying the Stanley Cup Final at 2-2.

Game 5 is Saturday night.  Coverage begins after Cubs baseball, at about 6:20 p.m., with puck drop shortly after 7. Plus, join us for Morning Skate Live at 10:30 a.m. on wgnradio.com.

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Jonathan Toews and Bryan Bickell celebrate Brent Seabrook’s goal for the win in overtime. (Scott Strazzante / Chicago Tribune)

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of music director Riccardo Muti, performs “Chelsea Dagger.”

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Hawks fans gearing up for Game 4

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