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Playoffs tonight: What do they do for an encore in Game 5?

Jun 22, 2013, 10:58 AM EDT

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After a thrilling Game 4, the Bruins and Blackhawks are back in Chicago to see what they can do to top the excitement from Wednesday night.

Game 5: Chicago Blackhawks host Boston Bruins (8 p.m. ET — NBC/Live Extra)
Series tied 2-2

Game 4 left all of us feeling giddy about what a fun up-and-down game that was. At the end of the night, Bruins fans were left feeling bummed out after seeing Chicago win it in overtime 6-5, but it’s set things up so the end of the series is a best-of-three and winning tonight is of the utmost concern.

For the Bruins, coach Claude Julien insists they don’t panic in big moments and considering how they’ve handled being down in big games already, you have to believe them. That said, a small change could be on the way to their lineup tonight with Carl Soderberg getting a spin on the fourth line at practice yesterday. If he slots in, Kaspars Daugavins could be the odd man out.

Making a small move like that could help a little bit, but after losing Game 4, Bruins players insisted that tightening up their defense and eliminating turnovers would do them a world of good.

For Chicago, you’d like to think they’ve got momentum on their side after such a thrilling victory, but the questions about Corey Crawford‘s glove hand will persist. They’ll have some other things to work through in tonight’s Game 5 as well.

For one, Nick Leddy was buried on the bench in Game 4 for poor play but figures to get back out there tonight. As for Marian Hossa, he didn’t practice yesterday but that’s not an indication that he’s hurt again and expects to be back at it tonight.

One thing to watch for: How Jonathan Toews and Zdeno Chara battle each other. While you have to expect Joel Quenneville to do his part to keep his captain away from their captain, Toews didn’t shy away from engaging Chara.’s Joe Haggerty says it’s a mistake for Toews to “poke the bear” but Chara was on the ice for five goals against on Wednesday. Maybe just poke him a little then?

  1. sprtsfan1 - Jun 22, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    Should be another great game tonight. The Madhouse will be rockin!!! If the Hawks play like they did in game 4 with a little more help from Crawford, the Hawks should be looking a finishing up this series in Boston. However, I still believe it will end in game 7 in Chicago. But first things first, gotta get the win tonight. Go Hawks!!!!!

  2. doublezero74 - Jun 22, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    Bruins 3-0 tonight. Blackhawks are gritty and resilient but Boston has the edge in both departments

    • bhawksrule - Jun 22, 2013 at 4:10 PM

      No, next.

  3. bradyisbetterthanrodgers - Jun 22, 2013 at 12:28 PM

    2-1 Boston in overtime

  4. ndnut - Jun 22, 2013 at 4:09 PM

    3-2 ‘Hawks in 2OT.

  5. jacketsfan7 - Jun 22, 2013 at 9:30 PM

    How about Crawford stealing a game?

  6. giantssb42champs - Jun 23, 2013 at 8:47 AM

    3-1 Hawks. Kaner will score 2 goals.

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