Each team has won one game at home. Each team has lost one game at home.
It may not matter where the Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins play during this Stanley Cup Final. But the Hawks happily will play the odds with two home games in the three remaining, beginning with Game 5 on Saturday.
“We’re happy to be home,” Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said before the game. “Certainly we’ve done some good things this in building. Excitement right off the bat is going to be real. Let’s take advantage of it.”
It took a while, but Patrick Kane helped the Hawks do just that. The winger — drafted six years ago Saturday — scored a pair of second-chance goals and then Dave Bolland added an empty-net score in the final seconds to make it a 3-1 win in Game 5 and a 3-2 series lead for the Hawks.
The Hawks did this playing the entire third period without captain Jonathan Toews, who was on the bench but apparently unavailable after a second-period hit from the Bruins’ Johnny Boychuk.
A blast from Johnny Oduya at the point set the play in motion. The defenseman’s screaming slap shot hit the stick of Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg and snapped it, with the puck continuing on and trickling past goalie Tuukka Rask.
Kane was right there on the doorstep to take advantage, poking the puck in for his eighth playoff goal and a 1-0 lead at the 17:27 mark.
Kane was there again early in the second period to finish what someone else started as well. Bryan Bickell charged to the net, flung a shot at Rask, then carried the rebound around for a wraparound chance. That bounded out to Kane, who roofed the loose puck for the 2-0 edge at the 5:13 mark.
Chara then got some recompense for what had been a brutal stretch for the Bruins’ captain. He was on the ice for five scores in Game 4 and the first two of Game 5, but he would laser one past Hawks goalie Corey Crawford to make it a 2-1 game at the 3:40 mark of the third.
The Hawks then held on under a serious barrage from the Bruins for the rest of the period until Bolland sent the clincher down the ice and into the empty net with 13.6 seconds left.
Per the NHL’s morning news release, Game 5 may not be as decisive as one might imagine, with a series tied 2-2:
Teams have split the first four games of the Stanley Cup Final 22 times since 1939. The team winning Game 5 has captured the Cup 68.2 percent of those times. But the team losing Game 5 has rebounded to win the series on four of the past six occasions, all since 2001.
The Hawks again would have the services of Marian Hossa, who missed Game 3, played in Game 4 and then sat out a practice and the Saturday morning skate as he nursed a mystery malady.