By: Dan Cole | KFAN.com
The Chicago Blackhawks are one win away from claiming their second Stanley Cup in the last four years.
The Presidents' Trophy winners have found a way to gain a 3-2 series advantage on the Boston Bruins going into Monday night's Game 6.
After losing Games 2 and 3 in a fairly convincing fashion, it looked to most like the Bruins were in the driver's seat, ready to make quick work of the mighty Hawks and hoist the cup in five games.
Somehow, Chicago bounced back in Game 4 to the tune of an instantly classic 6-5 overtime victory in Boston, finally making Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask appear mortal and evening the series at two wins apiece.
The series then moved back to Chicago, where the Blackhawks took care of business on Saturday night, emerging 3-1 in what seemed to be a statement game for goaltender Corey Crawford.
After allowing five goals in Game 4, the man nicknamed "Crow" by his fans and teammates swallowed almost everything on Saturday. He stopped 24 of 25 shots on home ice to secure a 3-2 series lead for the Hawks.
Crawford now owns a 1.83 goals against average and .932 save percentage in these playoffs, rivaling Rask as the postseason's best netminder.
From here, the series moves back to Boston for Game 6 on Monday night. The Bruins are 8-2-1 at home this postseason, with the one overtime loss coming against the Blackhawks in Game 4.
Chicago, just 4-4-1 on the road in these playoffs, can end the series on Monday if they can muster their second consecutive win at TD Garden, something that seems altogether impractical.
One of the deciding factors in the series thus far seems to be faceoffs. In the Bruins' two wins, they have outdrawn the Blackhawks by a 79-49 combined margin, including a 40-16 drubbing in Game 3.
In contrast, the Blackhawks hold a 127-121 faceoff advantage in their three victories. Point being: if you want to win, get the puck.
Game 6 coverage is set to begin at 7 p.m. on Monday.