BLACKHAWKS WIN THE CUP: Down by one with 1:16 remaining in regulation, the Blackhawks have stormed back with a pair of goals in a 17-second span and taken a 3-2 lead with 58.3 left. Bryan Bickell struck first by knocking in a rebound from a Jonathan Toews shot, and Dave Bolland followed that up by putting one past Tuukka Rask from 10 feet away. The Bruins were unable to notch the game tying goal in the closing seconds, sending the Blackhawks on their way to their second Stanley Cup in three years.
KELLY TO THE BOX FOR HIGH-STICKING: With just 5:39 remaining in regulation and the Bruins clinging onto a one-goal lead, Chris Kelly was sent to the penalty box for high-sticking after catching Nick Leddy up high along the boards. Boston’s penalty kill, which has suffocated Chicago’s power play all series, came through when it counted most. The Blackhawks failed to register a shot on net.
LUCIC GIVES BRUINS A LATE LEAD: Milan Lucic spearheaded the Bruins’ Game 7 comeback versus the Toronto Maple Leafs in the ECQF, and with the B’s season on the line again, he delivered again. David Krejci got things going on the forecheck, pickpocketing a Blackhawks defenseman and forcing a turnover behind the net. With Lucic and Nathan Horton in front of the net, Krejci tossed the puck at his big men. After a brief struggle, Lucic connected and found the back of the net. The Bruins’ power forward now has 7-12=19 totals for the postseason.
PAILLE, THORNTON GET CLOSE: The Daniel Paille-Chris Kelly-Tyler Seguin line has been buzzing tonight. Kelly scored the Bruins’ one and only goal, and Daniel Paille nearly knocked in another but he couldn’t quite control the puck as he came across the crease from a wide angle. About 1:30 later, Shawn Thornton carried the puck deep into Chicago’s end and saucered a pass into the middle of the ice, but neither Rich Peverley nor Carl Soderberg could connect.
BOYCHUK SETS UP SCORING CHANCE: The first five minutes of the third period have been quiet save a blast from the point from Johnny Boychuk. The Bruins’ blue liner—who is tied for the league-lead in postseason goals among defensemen—drove a slapshot from 65 feet away that Corey Crawford couldn’t control. Patrice Bergeron and Jaromir Jagr both jabbed away but couldn’t connect, leaving the game tied up at 1-1.
10:03 p.m. - Second Period Snapshots: BOS 1, CHI 1
BRUINS, BLACKHAWKS TIED 1-1: The first 40 minutes of play are complete here at TD Garden, and the Bruins and Blackhawks find themselves in yet another tightly-contested game. Boston and Chicago are knotted at 1-1 thanks to an even strength goal from Jonathan Toews, who gave an impressive individual effort to get his team on the board. The Bruins are outshooting, outhitting, and finding more success in the faceoff circle than the Blackhawks following the first two periods. Chicago is 3-2 this postseason when tied after two periods, while Boston is 5-1.
SEGUIN GOES FOR HOOKING: Tyler Seguin was called for hooking at 13:57, setting the Bruins shorthanded for the first time tonight. The B’s penalty kill has been solid all series and continued giving Chicago’s power play problems. Patrick Sharp gave the Blackhawks their lone shot on net during the two-minute minor, but Zdeno Chara swept it out of the crease before another ‘Hawks could swoop in and make a play. The Bruins PK is 62-for-70 for the postseason.
BRUINS GET ANOTHER POWER PLAY: Less than one minute after Jonathan Toews potted a shorthanded goal, the Bruins went back on the power play with a chance to regain the lead. Brent Seabrook was called for tripping on David Krejci at 5:12, sending the B’s power play out for the fourth time tonight. The Bruins’ power play looked sharp again and maintained possession in Chicago’s end for almost the entirety of the two-minute minor. But, again, Corey Crawford refused to be beat, turning aside chances from Brad Marchand and Zdeno Chara. Boston’s power play is 0-for-4 tonight.
BLACKHAWKS SCORE SHORTHANDED: It didn’t take long for Andrew Shaw to make his presence felt upon his return to the ice. Just 2:24 into the second period, Shaw was called for roughing after he got into a tussle with Tyler Seguin and Chris Kelly after the whistle. With just seconds remaining on the power play, Jonathan Toews won a faceoff in the neutral zone, chipped the puck off the wall to himself, and beat Tuukka Rask through the five-hole. The Bruins and ‘Hawks are now tied at 1-1 with 15:36 remaining in the second period.
SHAW RETURNS; HAWKS KILL PP: The Bruins began the second period with 35 seconds remaining on Michal Rozsival’s high-sticking penalty. Chicago’s third-ranked penalty kill survived and got the ‘Hawks back to even strength unscathed. The Blackhawks also have Andrew Shaw back on the bench to begin the second period.
9:17 p.m. - First Period Snapshots: BOS 1, CHI 0
B’S LEAD ‘HAWKS 1-0: The first period of Game 6 is in the books as the Bruins take a 1-0 lead into the dressing room. Boston has jumped out to a 12-6 shots advantage, 16-13 hits edge, and a 71 percent success rate in the faceoff circle. Chris Kelly got the B’s on the board at 7:19, which bodes well for the team. The Bruins are 5-1 this postseason when leading after the first period. However, the Blackhawks are 3-1 when trailing after the first.
BRUINS BACK ON THE POWER PLAY: The Bruins went back on to the power play at 18:25 as Blackhawks defenseman Michal Rozsival was called for high-sticking. Once again, Boston’s power play came out sharp and had no shortage of chances. Brad Marchand found David Krejci on a cross-ice feed as the pair was bearing down on the net, but Krejci just barely missed netting a goal as the puck took a tough bounce. Rich Peverley and Nathan Horton also had good looks on net, but Corey Crawford came up big for the ‘Hawks again. The Bruins will have 35 seconds remaining on the power play to begin the second period.
SHAW GET HITS WITH PUCK: At the 15:59 mark of the first period, Blackhawks winger Andrew Shaw took a Shawn Thornton redirected wrist-shot to the face. Shaw immediately went down to the ice and started bleeding from what looked like his cheek, forcing him to leave the ice and head for Chicago’s dressing room. Shaw was able to head off the ice on his own power. For the postseason, Shaw has 5-4=9 totals and a team-high 33 penalty minutes.
BRUINS ON THE POWER PLAY: Blackhawks defenseman Johnny Oduya was sent to the penalty box for hooking at 10:40. A battle for the puck broke out in front of Chicago’s net and Oduya was caught taking Chris Kelly’s leg out. The Bruins power play was firing on all cylinders, firing off seven shots and getting six on net. Despite getting hit in the mask by a David Krejci slapshot, Corey Crawford came up big for the ‘Hawks. He has 10 saves tonight. The Bruins power play is now 11-for-60 for the postseason.
KELLY PUTS THE BRUINS UP 1-0: After generating a few chances right and sustaining great pressure out of the gate, the Bruins finally got one and have jumped out to a 1-0 lead. At 7:19, Chris Kelly won a faceoff in the offensive zone and Daniel Paille made a strong play on the forecheck to keep the puck in Chicago’s end. Paille dished a pass to Tyler Seguin, who caught the puck, dropped it, and fed Kelly on a perfect backhanded pass. Kelly then tucked in between Corey Crawford’s left leg-pad and the goalpost. This is Kelly’s second goal of the series.
BERGERON ACTIVE FOR GAME 6: Bruins alternate captain Patrice Bergeron left Game 5 in the second period, casting doubt about his availability for Game 6. Coach Claude Julien said this morning he was confident that Bergeron tonight, and he is indeed active for tonight’s game. Bergeron is tied with David Krejci for the team-lead in goals with nine and has racked up 15 points this postseason.
6:05 p.m. - Pregame Snapshots: BOS vs. CHI
STARTING GOALTENDERS: Rask (14-7, 1.83 GAA, .941 Save %) vs. Crawford (15-7, 1.83 GAA, .932 Save %). Rask is 21-13 with a 2.12 GAA and .931 Save % with three shutouts in 34 career postseason games. Crawford is 20-15 with a 2.04 GAA and .924 Save % with two shutouts in 36 career postseason games.
BRUINS FAN BANNER CAPTAIN: The Bruins Fan Banner has been passed around the loge section of TD Garden before playoff games since the 2009 postseason. In 2011, Honorary Captains were introduced and have traditionally featured prominent Bruins alumni. This year, the Fan Banner Captains will feature a ‘Boston Strong’ theme with individuals chosen from in and around the Boston area. Tonight’s Fan Banner Captains are Jeff Bauman (Injured in marathon bombing and helped to identify the suspects), Carlos Arredondo (Rushed to Jeff Bauman’s side and assisted in the effort to save his life), Fire Fighter Jim Plourde (Boston Fire Department), Fire Fighter Alector Tavares (Boston Fire Department), Captain Jeanne Stewart (Massachusetts State Police), Officer Kevin O’Neil (Massachusetts State Police), Officer Sean Rooney (Boston Police Department), Officer Dave Hansford (Boston Police Department), Officer Joseph Reynolds (Watertown Police Department) and Sgt. John MacClellan (Watertown Police Department). Below is a complete list of the Fan Banner Captains for the 2013 postseason:
TOR, Game 1: Todd Brown, Sean Tierney, Eric Gahagan and Ariane Thibodeau (Bomb Technicians from the Boston area)
TOR, Game 2: Jeff Bauman (Helped authorities identify the suspects after the Boston Marathon events, despite being injured)
TOR, Game 5: Carlos Arredondo (Came to aid of Jeff Bauman and others injured at the Boston Marathon)
TOR, Game 7: Jarrod Clowery (Bruins fan injured at the Boston Marathon)
NYR, Game 1: Adrianne Haslet-Davis (Despite being injured at the Boston Marathon, vows to dance and run again)
NYR, Game 2: Chris Dumont (Mass. State Police officer who came to the aid of Transit Police Officer Richard Donohue)
NYR, Game 5: J.P. and Paul Norden (Bruins fans from Stoneham, MA who were injured at the Boston Marathon events)
PIT, Game 3: Richard Donohue (Transit Police Officer who was in a firefight with the bombing suspects from the Marathon)
PIT, Game 4: William and Patricia Campbell (Their daughter Krystle passed away at the Boston Marathon events)
CHI, Game 3, Rob Rogers, Jenn Rogers and Jennifer Lemmerman (Siblings of Sean Collier, who passed away defending the City of Boston)
CHI, Game 4: Marc Fucarile (Bruins fan who was the last of 31 patients to be released from Mass. General Hospital after being injured at the bombing)
BRUINS VS BLACKHAWKS LIFETIME: The Bruins and Blackhawks are squaring off in the postseason for the seventh time—first in the Stanley Cup Finals—with Boston holding a 5-1 lifetime series record. These teams have played 27 postseason games with Boston holding an 18-8-1 advantage and a 110-77 scoring edge. The Bruins are 10-4-1 lifetime vs. the Blackhawks in Boston and 8-4 lifetime in Chicago in the playoffs.
MILESTONES APPROACHING: Bruins forward Jaromir Jagr is currently one point shy of his 200th NHL playoff point. Jagr is the active leader in postseason goals (78, 11th all-time), assists (121, 9th all-time) and points (199, 5th all-time).
STREAKING: B’s Defenseman Zdeno Chara enters tonight’s game Game 6 riding a three-game point streak, having notched one goal and three assists during that span.
SODERBERG’S POSTSEASON DEBUT: Carl Soderberg played in his first NHL playoff game in Game 5 at the United Center in Chicago, becoming the second Bruin in team history to play in his first career postseason game in a Stanley Cup Final (Richie Leduc, 1974 vs. PHI) In his first postseason appearance, the 27-year-old registered two shots on goal in 17 shifts for 14:16 of ice-time.
BLACKHAWKS NOTEBOOK: Patrick Kane enters Game 6 riding a two-game goal/point streak, having notched three goals and one assist, including the game-winning goal in Game 5. Kane leads Chicago with 19 points (9-10=19) through 22 postseason games… Patrick Sharp leads the NHL in postseason goal scoring with 10… Marian Hossa (7-9=16), Bryan Bickell (8-8=16) and Sharp (10-6=16) are all tied for second on the team with 16 points apiece… Chicago Head Coach Joel Quenneville’s 86 postseason wins are the most among active coaches and ranks seventh all-time… The Blackhawks captured the Presidents’ Trophy after posting a 36-7-5 regular season record, which set an NHL record for most points in a 48-game season.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Bruins power play: 11-for-59 (18.6%, 7th NHL), Bruins penalty kill: 61-for-69 (88.4%, 4th NHL)… Blackhawks power play: 8-for-68 (11.8%, T-12th NHL), Blackhawks penalty kill: 65-for-72 (90.3%, 3rd NHL).