June 23, 2013

Stanley Cup notebook: Chicago thriving against Chara

The Bruins needs a quick return to form from Zdeno Chara, their usually reliable defenseman.

The Associated Press

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Horton is part of Boston's top line -- along with David Krejci and Milan Lucic -- that has dominated at times during the playoffs.

The trio has combined for 22 goals and 40 assists, with Horton collecting seven goals and 12 assists.

BOSTON GOALIE Tuukka Rask has a chance for some unusual history.

Rask played with Czech Extra League team NC Plzen during the NHL lockout. His former team went on to win the title.

The netminder said the league hands out medals -- similar to the Olympics -- not trophies.

"I'm waiting for mine," he said. "It would be nice to get two. Not too many guys can say that."

FIFTEEN OF THE 22 teams that won Game 5 of a tied series in the Stanley Cup finals went on to win the Cup. But, four of the last six that lost in that situation have rallied to win the title, including the 2011 Bruins, who won Game 6 at home and beat Vancouver on the road in Game 7.

"I mean, it's a different team, different situation, but we've been here before," Bruins winger Brad Marchand said. "I think we have a bit of confidence but, at the same time, they're a very resilient team. They've played great so far."

The Blackhawks have history on their side, too. They led the 2010 finals 3-2 and won the Cup on Kane's overtime goal at Philadelphia in Game 6.

"You know, 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," forward Patrick 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, 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."

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