Stanley Cup 2013: Breaking Down Monday's Blackhawks vs. Bruins Game 6

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistJune 23, 2013

CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 22: Chris Kelly #23 of the Boston Bruins and Duncan Keith #2 of the Chicago Blackhawks collide on the boards in Game Five of the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Final at United Center on June 22, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. The Blackhawks defeated the Bruins 3-1. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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The Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks have been locked in an epic struggle during the 2013 Stanley Cup Final, and Monday’s Game 6 will be the toughest battle thus far as Boston tries to overcome Chicago’s 3-2 series advantage.

While the Bruins looked like the more dominant team through the first three games, the Blackhawks came up huge in Games 4 and 5, stealing the series lead and gaining serious momentum heading into Monday's matchup.

Boston is one of the toughest teams in the NHL, and with the franchise’s back squarely against the wall, Chicago will have to hold off the defensively sound Bruins if the team want to hoist the Stanley Cup.

Whether you’re a casual or hardcore hockey fan, the Game 6 action will be too great to miss.


Where: TD Garden; Boston, Mass.

When: Monday, June 24, at 8 p.m. ET

Watch: NBC

Live Stream: NBC Live Extra


Boston Bruins’ Biggest Key to Victory

The Boston Bruins face the toughest test of the season on Monday as the team will attempt to hold off the surging Blackhawks at TD Garden, win Game 6 outright and force a seventh and deciding matchup in this Stanley Cup Final.

The key to completing all of the franchise’s goals Monday will be overcoming the loss of stellar forward Patrice Bergeron who suffered an injury in Game 5.

According to Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos, the forward may have suffered a spleen injury, which would leave him questionable for Monday’s pivotal matchup:

Bergeron had registered nine goals and six assists (including four power-play tallies) in his 21 games this postseason, and Boston will have to look at the depth on its roster for the scoring it needs to keep the series alive.

The Bruins have serious depth at forward, and if any team could overcome a devastating loss like that of an on-ice leader like Bergeron, it would be Boston.


Chicago Blackhawks’ Biggest Key to Victory

While the Bruins are dealing with a devastating injury, the Chicago Blackhawks are facing a similar fate, as captain Jonathan Toews was forced to leave Game 5—he was leveled by Boston defender Johnny Boychuk in the second period—with an upper-body injury and did not return for the third period.

Toews is listed as day-to-day, according to TSN.

There is no questioning that the Blackhawks have plenty of star players on the roster and more than enough talent to make up for Toews loss on ice (the captain only had 12 points in 22 games this postseason), but the on-ice leadership of the captain is intangible.

While the severity of the injury is unknown, the fact that the tough player was not able to play the final period of Game 5 is a bad sign for his availability or effectiveness in Game 6.

Whether Toews plays Monday or not, the Blackhawks must find scoring depth from elsewhere on their roster and make the Bruins pay for their focus on Toews and Chicago’s other top players.


Game 6 Prediction: Boston 4, Chicago 3