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Blackhawks one win from claiming Stanley Cup

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Chicago Blackhawks are headed home with a chance to clinch their third Stanley Cup championship in six years on Monday night, thanks to a 2-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 5 on Saturday night at Amalie Arena for ...

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Tampa Bay goalie Ben Bishop (left) pushes the puck away from Chicago’s Andrew Desjardins (11) and Marcus Kruger (16) in the second period on Saturday in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup final in Tampa, Fla. (Reinhold Matay / USA Today Sports)

TAMPA, Fla. - The Chicago Blackhawks are headed home with a chance to clinch their third Stanley Cup championship in six years on Monday night, thanks to a 2-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 5 on Saturday night at Amalie Arena for a 3-2 series lead.
For the second time this series, Chicago’s Antoine Vermette scored the game-winner in the third period, having done the same in Game 1 in Tampa. Chicago goalie Corey Crawford held the Lightning to a single goal and won for the second straight game with
31 saves, including 26 in the final two periods.
Chicago took a 2-1 lead early in the third as Kris Versteeg got a breakaway, and Lightning goalie Ben Bishop was able to make a kick save on the initial shot, but Vermette fired in the rebound for a goal.
The Lightning pulled Bishop, who had 27 saves, with 1:05 left in the game but couldn’t even muster a shot on goal, penalized with 8.8 seconds left for having too many men on the ice during a late shift change.
The final has been extremely closely contested with all five games decided by a single goal, and no team leading by more than one goal at any point in 300 minutes of hockey.
Teams leading 3-2 in the Stanley Cup final are 29-8 historically when it comes to winning the final series, though Chicago faces tougher odds with the possibility of Game 7 in Tampa on Wednesday. Teams leading 3-2, but facing a potential Game 7 on the road, are just 6-5 all-time in winning the overall series.
Trailing early and outshot 17-6 midway through the second period, the Lightning got a goal from Valtteri Filppula to tie the score 1-1 with 9:07 left in the period.
Right winger Nikita Kucherov of Tampa Bay did not return to the ice after suffering an injury in the first period when he collided with a goal post.

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