Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Kane Scores Twice, Puts Blackhawks One Win from Another Stanley Cup

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Kane Scores Twice, Puts Blackhawks One Win from Another Stanley Cup

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Kane leads Blackhawks to Game 5 win

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CHICAGO - Patrick Kane has scored bigger goals in his NHL career. Winning the Stanley Cup in overtime sets the bar awfully high.

By scoring twice in Game 5 of this year's final, all Kane did was put the Chicago Blackhawks within one victory of their second championship in four years with Saturday's 3-1 victory over the Boston Bruins.

"I think everyone wants to be that guy in big-time games," Kane said. "I've been lucky enough in a couple to step up."

Kane stepping up in Game 5 couldn't have happened at a better time for the Blackhawks, as captain Jonathan Toews left with an unspecified injury. The series took a turn with Toews' departure and an injury to Patrice Bergeron that forced the Bruins centre to be taken to a local hospital for observation.

With arguably the two best skaters out, it was Kane's opportunity to shine. He did so with his second multi-goal game of these playoffs and furthered his status as a clutch performer.

"I don't think this game had to happen to define Kaner as a big-time player," Chicago left-winger Patrick Sharp said. "He's had plenty of opportunities, and he showed up in big games with big performances. I knew he was a big time player before tonight."

Kane took over the game like few players can. When he had open ice, he wanted the puck on his stick and always was a threat to score.

When Johnny Oduya's shot broke Dennis Seidenberg's stick on the way to the net, Kane was there to put in the rebound to open the scoring. Crashing the net in the second put him in the perfect spot to beat goaltender Tuukka Rask after a heads-up play by linemate Bryan Bickell.

"Sometimes you catch some breaks," Kane said. "I think I was in the right spot at the right time tonight on both goals. I thought I had some other chances, too, I could have scored. But I think playing with Johnny and Bicks, they create a lot of space, and I've been taking advantage of the space they do make."

Toews was a focus for the Bruins, who hit him at every opportunity. Boston defenceman Johnny Boychuk appeared to hit him in the head in the second period, though Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said he wasn't sure if that was what caused Toews' injury. …

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