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Big line too much for Bruins

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This article was published 22/6/2013 (1520 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

CHICAGO -- Chicago's top line has been too much for the Boston Bruins to handle.

Patrick Kane had two more goals in Saturday night's 3-1 victory over the Bruins in Game 5, bringing the Chicago Blackhawks one victory from their second Stanley Cup title in four years. Since Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville tinkered with his top line before Game 4 to reunite his two best players, Kane and Jonathan Toews, the two have combined for four goals and seven points.

And, most important, two wins.

But the star-studded line -- including Bryan Bickell at left wing -- may not be intact for Game 6 on Monday night in Boston. Toews spent the entire third period on the bench, though Quenneville said he is hopeful Chicago's captain will be able to play Monday.

With the Blackhawks facing Boston and its bruising tandem of Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg, however, Quenneville decided to split up his young stars. If Boston was going to shut down both Kane and Toews, it would need someone besides Chara and Seidenberg to do it.

The experiment failed. With no goals from either Kane or Toews in the first three games, the Blackhawks found themselves trailing the Bruins 2-1. Needing a spark, Quenneville put Kane and Toews back together again for Game 4.

Such a simple switch, yet it's turned the series around.

Toews scored his first goal in almost a month -- May 25, to be exact -- in Game 4, while Kane has scored three times in two games.

-- The Associated Press


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