The Boston Bruins have been here before - facing elimination prior to hosting Game 6 of the Stanley Cup final against the reigning Presidents' Trophy winner. After responding admirably with a pair of wins against Vancouver in 2011, the Bruins will look to take the first step in that regard on Monday, when they host the Chicago Blackhawks. Adding to Boston's uphill climb is the uncertain status of two-way center Patrice Bergeron, who is listed as day-to-day with what coach Claude Julien referred to as a "body" injury.
"I don't know if he will skate (Monday)," Julien said of the King Clancy Memorial Trophy recipient. "He may. That's what day-to-day is. I'm trying to be as clear as I can be here." Chicago has its own injury issue to address as captain Jonanthan Toews sat out the entire third period of the team's 3-1 triumph in Game 5 with an upper-body injury. "Johnny is doing much better today," coach Joel Quenneville said the reigning Selke Trophy winner. "He's progressed, and we're optimistic that he'll be playing (Monday) night."
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ABOUT THE BLACKHAWKS: With two goals on Saturday, Patrick Kane has scored seven times in as many games to seize a share of the NHL lead. Game 6 of the Stanley Cup final brings about fond memories for the 24-year-old Kane, who beat then-Philadelphia goaltender Michael Leighton from a sharp angle to ignite a wild celebration in 2010. Kane's knack for the big goal isn't lost on his teammates. "That's the type of player he is," defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson said. "When it comes down to the wire in big games, that's when he wants the puck. That's when he wants to score the big goals."
ABOUT THE BRUINS: Should Bergeron be a spectator, Julien can take solace in knowing that rookie Carl Soderberg stepped up admirably in his absence on Saturday. Brad Marchand, however, has struggled mightily in the Stanley Cup final as the Nova Scotia native still is searching for his first point. "Pucks aren't finding their way into the net and I'm not making many plays," Marchand admitted on Sunday. That's a far cry from his five-goal effort versus the Canucks in 2011.
1. Kane is tied with Boston C David Krejci and Bergeron with an NHL-leading nine goals. He also shares top honors with Bruins RW Nathan Horton with 19 points.
2. Boston captain Zdeno Chara was on the ice for all three of Chicago's goals in Game 5 and eight of the Blackhawks' last nine tallies.
3. Should the Bruins win on Monday, the series shifts back to the United Center for Game 7 on Wednesday.
PREDICTION: Bruins 3, Blackhawks 2