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Blackhawks vs Bruins - 2013 Stanley Cup Final

Bergeron manages to play for Bruins despite injuries

Tuesday, 06.25.2013 / 1:23 AM / Blackhawks vs Bruins - 2013 Stanley Cup Final

Matt Kalman - NHL.com Correspondent

BOSTON -- Patrice Bergeron was a Game 7 hero for the Boston Bruins in the 2011 Stanley Cup Final against the Vancouver Canucks. He scored two goals, including the game-winner, in that Cup-clinching victory.

Bergeron didn't get to hoist the Cup over his head again this season because the Bruins lost Game 6 of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final to the Chicago Blackhawks, 3-2, Monday night at TD Garden. Nonetheless, Bergeron was still a hero.

Although he didn't want to take anything away from the Blackhawks' efforts in scoring the tying and game-winning goals 17 seconds apart late in the third period of Game 6, Bergeron still decided to reveal the list of injuries he was fighting through in order to dress Monday.

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Toews-to-Handzus starts Stanley Cup handoff

Tuesday, 06.25.2013 / 12:03 AM / Blackhawks vs Bruins - 2013 Stanley Cup Final

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Jonathan Toews is only two months removed from his 25th birthday, but he’s already captained the Chicago Blackhawks to the Stanley Cup championship twice.

Toews hoisted Lord Stanley for a second time Monday night after the Blackhawks scored twice in 17 seconds late in the third period to rally for a 3-2 victory against the Boston Bruins in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final at TD Garden.

After taking a photo with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, Toews briefly skated with the most prestigious trophy in all of sports before handing it to 36-year-old Michal Handzus, the oldest Chicago player dressed for the game. He handed it to 38-year-old forward Jamal Mayers, who didn't play in the series but is the oldest player listed in Chicago's roster. Next up was 34-year-old Michal Rozsival, the oldest defenseman.

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Key facts and figures from Stanley Cup Final Game 6

Monday, 06.24.2013 / 11:26 PM / Blackhawks vs Bruins - 2013 Stanley Cup Final

John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

BLACKHAWKS STANLEY CUP CHAMPS

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The Stanley Cup made a surprise appearance Monday night.

It looked like the Cup would have to be re-packed in its case a trip back to the Midwest when the Boston Bruins grabbed a 2-1 lead midway through the third period in Game 6 of the Final. But the Chicago Blackhawks stunned the full house at TD Garden when Bryan Bickell tied the game with 1:16 remaining -- and left the 17,565 fans in complete shock when Dave Bolland scored with 58.3 seconds left in regulation for a 3-2 victory.

It's the second Cup in 36 months for the Blackhawks, who also won in 2010.

Here are some of the key facts and figures from Game 6:

0 -- Seconds remaining on a penalty to Chicago's Andrew Shaw when Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews scored at 4:24 of the second period to tie the game at 1-1. Toews scored exactly two minutes after Shaw was called for roughing.

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Bruins could use vintage performance from top line

Monday, 06.24.2013 / 2:07 PM / Blackhawks vs Bruins - 2013 Stanley Cup Final

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

BOSTON -- On a Boston Bruins team known for its chemistry and continuity, Milan Lucic, Nathan Horton and David Krejci have played on a line together longer than anyone. The trio has remained intact through countless playoff battles and came together on two separate Game 7 winners by Horton in the team's run to the 2011 Stanley Cup.

The line was again one of the hottest in the NHL through much of this postseason, with Krejci's 16 assists and 25 points leading all players. But with the Bruins trailing 3-2 against the Chicago Blackhawks entering Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday at TD Garden (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, RDS), one of the NHL's most imposing lines has suddenly gone silent, and its members aren't happy about it.

"I think it’s plain and simple; obviously we need to play better," Horton said. "We need to create a little bit more and bury our chances when we get them and not give them too much. But I think the big picture is just win two games."

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If Bergeron can't play, Pandolfo, Caron are options

Monday, 06.24.2013 / 1:56 PM / Blackhawks vs Bruins - 2013 Stanley Cup Final

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

BOSTON -- Jay Pandolfo has played in more games in the Stanley Cup Playoffs than any player on the Boston Bruins roster except Jaromir Jagr.

If Patrice Bergeron is unable to play in Game 6 of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final against the Chicago Blackhawks at TD Garden on Monday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, RDS), it is possible Pandolfo finally will get a chance to add to his total.

Boston coach Claude Julien said after the morning skate Monday he is confident Bergeron will be able to play. The 2012 Selke Trophy winner did not participate in the morning skate after leaving Game 5 with what Julien has termed a "body injury."

Pandolfo rotated with Jordan Caron on Boston's fourth line during the morning skate. Carl Soderberg, who moved up to the second line when Bergeron was unable to play in the latter stages of Game 5, was between Brad Marchand and Jagr.

"I know Pandolfo is going to be in the warm-up tonight for sure, so is Caron, so we're going to have a few guys out there," Julien said. "If Bergeron can't go, then I have got some decisions to make. Again, there's a little bit more in the thought process than just picking a guy. I need to make decisions based on what the needs will be for [Game 6]."

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Chicago relishes chance to win Stanley Cup in Game 6

Monday, 06.24.2013 / 1:22 PM / Blackhawks vs Bruins - 2013 Stanley Cup Final

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

BOSTON -- Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane can deliver a play-by-play of his Stanley Cup-winning overtime goal from 2010 against the Philadelphia Flyers.

He knows where he was on the ice when he got the puck (the left-wing half wall), how the puck came to him (a pass from Brian Campbell), what he did to get in shooting position (deked around Kimmo Timonen, skated to an area below the left circle), where he shot (far side, top corner), why nobody in the building but him knew it was a good goal (the puck was stuck in the mesh), and how he got halfway down the ice before everyone else realized the Blackhawks had just won the Stanley Cup.

"I think the stars would have to be aligned right for it to happen like that again," Kane said.

Maybe he's right. Maybe replaying it exactly like that would be an impossible dream for Kane. But what is reality is the fact Kane and the Blackhawks again have a chance to win the Stanley Cup on the road in Game 6 -- only this time they're at TD Garden and the opponent Monday is the Boston Bruins (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, RDS) in the 2013 Stanley Cup Final.

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Bowman has Blackhawks on verge of another Cup

Sunday, 06.23.2013 / 7:03 PM / Blackhawks vs Bruins - 2013 Stanley Cup Final

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

BOSTON -- Chicago Blackhawks fans everywhere watched with disappointment in the summer of 2010 as their Stanley Cup championship team was dismantled because of the salary cap.

Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman, however, was the guy rubbing his hands together in the corner, laughing like Dr. Evil, excited and energized by the challenge of putting the puzzle back together with some new blood and fresh faces.

"There is an element to some change that I actually think is good," Bowman told NHL.com on Sunday. "If you bring the exact same team back year to year, it's awful tough to push through the grind of a schedule and a season. If you have a few guys who didn't win it and they want to get there, I think it brings some energy to the group. I don't mind the fact that you have to make some changes."

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Five keys for Bruins to survive elimination

Sunday, 06.23.2013 / 6:31 PM / Blackhawks vs Bruins - 2013 Stanley Cup Final

Shawn P. Roarke - NHL.com Senior Managing Editor

BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins can't win the Stanley Cup in Game 6 at TD Garden.

But, with a win Monday, (8 p.m. ET, NBC, CBC, RDS), the home team can deny the Chicago Blackhawks the pleasure of celebrating a Stanley Cup victory on enemy ice for the second time in four years. In doing so, the Bruins would also force a winner-take-all Game 7 on Wednesday at United Center, providing Boston with the opportunity to clinch a second Cup in three seasons with back-to-back elimination wins.

Yet, none of that happens unless the Bruins find a way to stop their current slide at two games.

It's a tall order against the League's best team in the regular season. It becomes even more onerous if two-way center Patrice Bergeron can't play. Bergeron suffered a "body" injury in the second period of Game 5 and did not return. Bergeron was taken to the hospital Saturday night for observation, but returned to the team hotel and flew to Boston on Sunday with the team. He is considered "day-to-day," according to Boston coach Claude Julien.

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Bruins need more from Marchand in Game 6

Sunday, 06.23.2013 / 6:15 PM / Blackhawks vs Bruins - 2013 Stanley Cup Final

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

BOSTON -- Two years ago, Brad Marchand was one of the best players in the 2011 Stanley Cup Final.

Brad Marchand
Left Wing - BOS
GOALS: 4 | ASST: 9 | PTS: 13
SOG: 56 | +/-: 4
He did a little bit of everything for the Boston Bruins in a seven-game series victory against the Vancouver Canucks. Marchand led the Bruins with five goals in the series, but he also racked up 22 penalty minutes and was a pest against the Canucks' top players, including Daniel and Henrik Sedin.

Flash forward to the present, and there has been one name conspicuously missing from the score sheet for the Bruins during the 2013 Final against the Chicago Blackhawks. Marchand has no goals, no assists and, outside of a fighting major near the end of Game 3, has not had much of an impact from a physical or agitation perspective.

"I mean, pucks aren't finding their way into the net and I'm not making many plays," Marchand said. "So I just have to be better."

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Backs against wall a familiar position for Bruins

Sunday, 06.23.2013 / 5:38 PM / Blackhawks vs Bruins - 2013 Stanley Cup Final

Matt Kalman - NHL.com Correspondent

BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins head into Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final on a two-game losing streak, their first since the opening round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Despite his team dropping a pair of games by a combined score of 9-6 to the Chicago Blackhawks and falling behind 3-2 in the best-of-7 series, Boston goaltender Tuukka Rask said there were some positives to build on for Game 6 Monday at TD Garden (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, RDS).

"Yeah, I think so. There's been some good things and some not-so-good things," Rask said in the Bruins' dressing room during an off-day Sunday. "But we just have to realize we almost have to play a perfect game in order to have a chance to win. That's what it's going to take."

The Bruins know all about what it takes to stave off elimination in the Cup Final. Just two years ago, they were in the same situation. The scenario was different, as in 2011 the Bruins had to rally from 2-0 behind against the Vancouver Canucks and then keep their season alive in Game 6 at home. But here they are again with their backs against the wall and facing the Presidents' Trophy winner. The Cup will be in the building, and the Bruins know they can't be the ones dancing with it.

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