It would seem that the Chicago Blackhawks have been fighting uphill all throughout the Stanley Cup final; regardless, they have tied the series 2-2. It’s now a best-of-three showdown and Saturday’s Game 5 stands as a crucial key to the Cup.
The Blackhawks scratched out a 4-3 come-from-behind win in Game 1 but then scored just one goal combined in Games 2 and 3. They played with desperation in Game 4 but still blew three separate leads before finally taking the game 6-5 in overtime.
Clearly, the key for the Blackhawks is dictating the pace and turning the games into high-scoring affairs. In the two games they’ve won, they’ve scored 10 goals and in the two games they’ve lost, they’ve scored just one goal. Boston doesn’t have the same type of offensive weapons as Chicago, so they aren’t as comfortable in shootouts.
The odds will favor Chicago on Saturday as they are 10-2 at home this postseason where they have averaged over three goals per game. Conversely, Boston is 6-4 on the road these playoffs.
Just how close has this series been? The margins have been razor-thin as three of the four games have gone to overtime.