CHICAGO -- As the coach of the home team, Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville had the advantage of choosing which players to put on the ice after Boston declared its intentions throughout Game 5 of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final.
So when Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien delivered his starting lineup and it included defensive dynamos Patrice Bergeron, Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg, Quenneville had the option of keeping his top line away from that group.
He didn't, and the Chicago Blackhawks' trio of Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Bryan Bickell continued to win the battle against Boston's top defenders in a 3-1 victory that moves his team one win away from claiming the Stanley Cup for the second time in 36 months.
"They have had two good games in a row, and the way the goals were scored, they were scored close around the net," Julien said. "Kane scored three goals in the last two games, and he's very good at kind of finding those quiet areas and sliding into the right spot. That's why he's a good player and scores a lot of goals. We just maybe have to have a little bit more awareness around our net because both goals were scored the same way."