Blackhawks rebound, take 3-2 lead
Dustin Byfuglien scored two goals and had a pair of assists as Chicago got off to a quick start and beat the Philadelphia Flyers, 7-4, on Sunday night for a 3-2 lead in the Stanley Cup finals.
The 257-pound Byfuglien, who had eight goals in the first three rounds of the playoffs but none in the first four games against a tough Flyers defense, had a power-play goal in the second period and an empty netter in the closing seconds.
Byfuglien’s top line that had included Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews was split up for Game 5, a strategy that worked for coach Joel Quenneville. Kane also had a goal and an assist, and Toews added an assist Sunday.
Chicago can capture the Stanley Cup for the first time since 1961 with a victory Wednesday night in Philadelphia in Game 6.
A Flyers win would send the series back to Chicago for a decisive Game 7 on Friday night.
“We’re not going to think about that now. We have to keep levelheaded and go into that building with the same mindset and have fun,” Versteeg said of Wednesday’s chance to wrap it up.
All five wins in the series have come on home ice.
Scott Hartnell, Kimmo Timonen, James van Riemsdyk and Simon Gagne scored for the Flyers.