How it happened: There wasn’t much to separate these two teams through four games, and that was the case again in Game 5. The game wasn’t decided until Blackhawks forward Dave Bolland scored an empty-netter in the final seconds. Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane gave his team a 2-0 lead with a rebound goal in the first period and another rebound goal in the second period. Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara cut the Blackhawks’ lead to 2-1 at 3:40 of the third period. Both goaltenders bounced back from a high-scoring Game 4. Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford made 23 saves, and Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask made 29 saves. Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron was taken to the hospital due to an injury. Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews was on the bench but did not play in the third period.
Player of the game: Kane has often proved to be a big-game player, and he came through again Saturday. He has nine goals and 10 assists for a team-leading 19 points in the playoffs.
What it means: The Blackhawks take a 3-2 lead in the series and will have a chance to close it out in Boston. The Blackhawks are 11-2 at the United Center in the playoffs this season. The Bruins are 6-4 on the road.
What’s next: The series moves to Boston for Game 6 on Monday. The Bruins are 8-3 at TD Garden in the playoffs this season, and the Blackhawks are 4-5 on the road.