June 24, 2013

Game 6 scenarios familiar to both Boston, Chicago

By Nancy Armour / The Associated Press

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Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask skates back to the crease after a goal by the Chicago Blackhawks in the second period of Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals on Saturday in Chicago. The Blackhawks won 3-1.

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"It's a similar feeling, especially having the series tied 2-2, taking Game 5 at home and coming on the road for Game 6," Sharp said. "You've got to be careful. You've seen a couple years ago Boston was down 3-2, they won at home and then won Game 7 in Vancouver. We know this team is capable of coming back.

"For us, I know it's a big game," he added. "But you want to play it like it's any other game, play the way we have all season and try to pull one out here on the road."

While both the Bruins and Blackhawks acknowledge the rarity of facing identical Game 6 scenarios as they did just a few years ago, not everything is exactly the same.

The goalie for each team is different, with Rask and Corey Crawford both newcomers to playing in the finals. (Thomas may or may not be retired while Chicago's goalie in 2010, Antti Niemi, was a Vezina Trophy finalist this season with San Jose.) Salary cap concerns forced the Blackhawks to overhaul their roster after they won the Stanley Cup — though Kane, Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp and Marian Hossa still make up Chicago's core — and Mark Recchi, one of Boston's biggest stars in 2011, is enjoying retirement.

And if this series has taught anyone anything, it's that nothing works out quite like it's expected.

"You don't want to get ahead of yourself in the process," Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said. "We've got some guys that have been there, they know the experience. ... There's some guys that they're so excited, you dream about this moment. We've got to keep everything in perspective. We want to make sure that we're confident playing the game and putting yourself in the now position as opposed to ahead of yourself."

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