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June 24, 2013

Blackhawks beating Bruins at their own game


So if all you heard was the score from this one, after watching the four previous games — there were 18 goals combined in the two that Chicago won, but just five in Boston’s two wins — you would have bet the Bruins won. They’re a defensive-minded bunch who don’t give up goals and score just enough. But at the moment, they can’t quite manage either trick.

Making matters worse, center Patrice Bergeron was taken to a hospital for observation after playing just 49 seconds of the middle period, and there were no updates on his condition after the game. Bergeron is tied with David Krejci for the team lead in goals with nine, but that only covers half his value. He was edged out by Chicago’s Jonathan Toews for this season’s Selke Trophy, awarded to the league’s best defensive forward, so his absence could spell double-trouble come Monday night.

“I feel we had some pretty decent chances, but I believe with Bergie in the lineup, I believe we would have gotten that second goal,” Krejci said. “I think we were pretty close a couple of times. It’s sad to see him go down. I don’t know how he feels right now. I don’t know if he’ll be back next game or not, but we definitely missed him in the third.”

“We’ve got to do everything,” Krejci added a moment later, “to get the first goal in Game 6.”

That likely won’t come easily for Chicago, either, since Toews sat the entire third period on the bench after getting hammered by Chara. The Bruins have been mugging him throughout the series and the league’s unwritten rule about not discussing injuries — anything above the waist, including a concussion, is described with the catch-all phrase “upper-body injury” — leaves Toews’ status in question as well.

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