CHICAGO — Patrice Bergeron left the arena in an ambulance. The Bruins headed home on the brink of elimination.
Game 5 of the Stanley Cup finals didn't go according to plan for Boston, with Patrick Kane scoring two goals to lift the Chicago Blackhawks to a 3-1 victory and 3-2 series lead on Saturday night.
The Bruins must win at home on Monday night to force a seventh game and keep their hopes alive for a second championship in three years.
"We're going to fight," David Krejci said. "We're going to fight with everything we have and force Game 7."
It would help if they had Bergeron. But their top forward's status is in question after he was taken to a hospital in an ambulance with an undisclosed injury.
That happened after he skated gingerly off the ice after playing just two shifts in the second period, and coach Claude Julien didn't say much about it afterward.
He would not reveal how it happened or any other details. He did say Bergeron "may be in the next game," but brushed aside further questions.
"Guys, I'm not going there, so anything else but injury here," Julien said. "I'll update you when I have an update. There's nothing more. We can ask a million questions. I don't have any more information than probably you guys do right now."
The Bruins don't have much more time, either.
What they do have is a history of fighting back when they're close to being knocked out.
"We've been down this road before," Krejci said. "In past years, we've been missing some key players and other players that (were) at the top. This is the time of the year when other guys are going to step up and you know it's do-or-die for us."
They were in several tough spots in 2011, only to keep rallying on the way to the championship.
They opened the playoffs that year with back-to-back losses to Montreal but won that series in seven games. In the Stanley Cup finals, they trailed 2-0 and 3-2 before rallying to beat Vancouver for their sixth title.
This year, they nearly got knocked off in the first round after jumping out to a 3-1 series lead against Toronto. They dropped the next two games and were down three in the third period in Game 7 before rallying to win that series, and their resolve is being tested again by the Blackhawks.
"We've been there before and done well in that situation," Julien said. "Right now, our goal is to create a Game 7. And to create a Game 7, we've got to win a Game 6. We've been good at home, and we need to be good at home the next game. It's as simple as that. There's no panic. You're not going to push us away that easy."
The problem is the Bruins are facing a team that dominated like no other this season, getting off to a record start on the way to finishing with the most points in the NHL.
The Bruins got a solid performance in goal from Tuukka Rask, who had 29 saves coming off a 6-5 overtime loss, but Chicago dictated the tempo, particularly in the second period.
That changed down the stretch, even without Bergeron on the ice.
|New England||2/1/15 5:30 PM|
|Milwaukee||59||3rd Qtr 12:00|
|New York||49||3rd Qtr 11:10|
|Denver||11||1st Qtr 0:27|
|Montreal||0||2nd Prd 12:25|
|Winnipeg||2||2nd Prd 9:36|
|Boston||2||2nd Prd 8:18|
|Nashville||0||1st Prd 10:45|
|Boston Univ||45||2nd Half 11:47|
|Fla Atlantic||37||2nd Half 12:05|
|Youngstown St||39||2nd Half 14:19|
|East Tenn St||44||2nd Half 9:23|
|Saint Louis||32||2nd Half 14:30|
|USC Upstate||52||2nd Half 14:04|
|High Point||52||2nd Half 9:18|
|Central Conn St||46||2nd Half 7:27|
|Western Ky||32||2nd Half 13:09|
|Dayton||48||2nd Half 10:10|
|Chattanooga||38||2nd Half 11:43|
|Wofford||44||2nd Half 9:55|
|Maryland||38||2nd Half 14:17|
|FIU||41||2nd Half 11:55|
|Fair-Dickinson||39||2nd Half 11:40|
|Mount St Marys||46||2nd Half 9:50|
|Bryant||48||2nd Half 10:34|
|Northern Ky||27||2nd Half 20:00|
|Coll of Charleston||33||2nd Half 11:10|
|Western Carolina||57||2nd Half 14:46|
|Sacred Heart||33||2nd Half 20:00|
|Lipscomb||36||2nd Half 11:42|
|Fla Gulf Coast||48|
|Kennesaw St||42||2nd Half 11:20|
|Appalachian St||16||2nd Half|
|Holy Cross||18||2nd Half|
|Eastern Ill||22||2nd Half|
|Jacksonville St||10||1st Half 10:37|
|Connecticut||14||1st Half 9:47|
|Rider||11||1st Half 11:16|
|SIU Edwardsville||20||1st Half 8:15|
|SE Missouri St||22|
|Marshall||21||1st Half 10:32|
|Tenn Tech||13||1st Half 8:39|
|Middle Tennessee||11||1st Half 14:41|
|Ill-Chicago||11||1st Half 10:56|
|Weber State||12||1st Half 10:53|
|Denver||11||1st Half 12:06|
|North Dakota St||5|
|IUPU-Ft Wayne||15||1st Half 8:54|
|Louisiana||7||1st Half 14:33|
|Georgia State||7:15 PM|
|Ark-Little Rock||7:30 PM|
|Eastern Ky||8:00 PM|
|Idaho State||8:00 PM|
|Chicago State||8:05 PM|
|Utah Valley U|
|Cal Poly||9:00 PM|
|Santa Clara||9:00 PM|
|UC Santa Barbara||9:00 PM|
|Montana State||9:05 PM|
|Long Beach State||9:30 PM|
|Cal State Fullerton|
|Loyola Marymount||9:30 PM|
|San Francisco||10:00 PM|
|(6) Tennessee||41||2nd Half 12:18|
|(24) Oklahoma||44||2nd Half 13:32|
|Nebraska Omaha||47||2nd Half 6:33|
|UC-Riverside||48||2nd Half 11:23|
|Army||44||2nd Half 10:25|
|New Orleans||30||2nd Half 7:46|
|Charlotte||32||2nd Half 18:51|
|Towson||37||2nd Half 5:45|
|Hofstra||41||2nd Half 14:09|
|New Hampshire||49||2nd Half 7:52|
|Albany||61||2nd Half 11:12|
|Hartford||41||2nd Half 11:14|
|UNC-Wilmington||51||2nd Half 5:43|
|William & Mary||57|
|Clemson||39||2nd Half 16:30|
|Alabama||37||2nd Half 13:16|
|(1) South Carolina||53|
|(23) Syracuse||41||2nd Half 11:44|
|Missouri||40||2nd Half 15:14|
|Iona||54||2nd Half 5:39|
|Manhattan||25||2nd Half 8:25|
|NC State||57||2nd Half 6:16|
|(4) Notre Dame||58||2nd Half 10:50|
|(22) Rutgers||40||2nd Half 11:29|
|(5) Maryland||64||2nd Half 11:37|
|Milwaukee||38||2nd Half 11:40|
|Wright State||78||2nd Half 11:57|
|Jacksonville||35||2nd Half 14:44|
|North Florida||36||2nd Half 8:37|
|Stetson||34||2nd Half 11:50|
|Loyola-Maryland||36||2nd Half 8:30|
|Sam Houston St||34|
|Fla Gulf Coast||31||2nd Half|
|Incarnate Word||7:00 PM|
|McNeese State||7:00 PM|
|Vanderbilt||7||1st Half 12:07|
|(18) Miss State||14|
|IUPUI||9||1st Half 10:44|
|Abilene Christian||20||1st Half 9:45|
|Oral Roberts||15||1st Half 9:48|
|South Dakota St||10|
|Louisiana Tech||11||1st Half 11:37|
|TX-San Antonio||8||1st Half 11:48|
|Texas-El Paso||14||1st Half 8:56|
|Auburn||8||1st Half 10:48|
|Grand Canyon||13||1st Half 9:19|
|Illinois||13||1st Half 12:10|
|(20) Iowa||23||1st Half 11:02|
|Utah Valley U||12||1st Half 11:55|
|Green Bay||16||1st Half 9:16|
|Ole Miss||8:00 PM|
|Portland State||8:00 PM|
|Sacramento St||8:00 PM|
|North Dakota||8:00 PM|
|Ohio State||8:00 PM|
|Northern Colorado||8:00 PM|
|St Marys-CA||9:00 PM|
|UC Santa Barbara|
|San Diego||9:00 PM|
|UC Davis||9:00 PM|
|Long Beach St||10:59 PM|
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