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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Marian Hossa talks about the 3-1 win in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of music director Riccardo Muti, performs “Chelsea Dagger.”