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Blackhawks hold 2-0 lead after two periods
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Patrick Kane has a goal in each period as the Chicago Blackhawks hold a 2-0 lead over the Boston Bruins after 40 minutes of play in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
Chicago had scored late in the first period, and kept up the fast pace of play in the second period, making it a 2-0 game 5:13 in.
Bryan Bickell brought the puck in down the left wing and sent a pass back to Jonathan Toews, who immediately passed it back to Bickell. A shot on net was stopped by Tuukka Rask, but Kane was able to backhand in the rebound for his second of the game and ninth of the playoffs.
Boston had just five shots on net in the second period, with the best chance coming with under eight minutes to play as Milan Lucic got the puck on net. That started a scrum in front that eventually saw Crawford control the puck.
Chicago had two power plays in the second period, but were ineffective in getting any pressure on net to add to its lead.
Through the first two periods, Crawford has 16 stops to keep Boston off the board.
Chicago took the lead with 2:33 to play in the first period on Kane's eighth goal of the playoffs.
A shot from the left point by Johnny Oduya saw the puck break the stick of Dennis Seidenberg and trickle behind Rask. The disc went behind the net to the right of the goaltender, but Kane was there to bring it back out and tuck it in for a 1-0 advantage.
Chicago had the first chances of the game around 3 1/2 minutes in as Rask made a nice stop on a right point blast from Duncan Keith, then caught a break a few seconds later as Toews' shot from in front went off the right post and stayed out.
Brad Marchand was fighting for the puck along the left boards and was able to take control, skating to the slot and getting a backhand off, but Crawford was up to the task with around 8 1/2 minutes left.
Rask was called upon again later in the first period as Michal Handzus sent a pass from the slot to the left wing where Patrick Sharp ripped a one-timer on net. Rask, though, slid over to make the stop and keep it a scoreless game with just over five minutes to play.
This series is tied at 2-2 as Games 1 and 2 were split in Chicago, while Boston took Game 3 at home, before dropping a 6-5 decision in Game 4 on Wednesday.
06/22 22:00:47 ET