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Trailing 3-0, the Flyers wasted little time in getting one of the goals back as Leino took the puck to side of the net and tried to stuff it in. But after hitting goalie Antti Niemi, the puck sat just off the line before Hartnell came in and knocked it home just 32 seconds into the period.
Kane got his second goal of the finals on a nice pass from Andrew Ladd. Ladd had his shot blocked by Flyers defenseman Pronger, recovered the puck and passed it to Kane, who streaked to the net uncovered to beat Boucher for a 4-1 lead.
Pronger finished with a miserable minus-5 rating in Game 5.
As they have done throughout the series, the gritty Flyers responded quickly to a Chicago goal with one of their own. Timonen converted from the left circle after Niemi had gone down making a save seconds earlier, and it was 4-2.
With Flyers defensive star Pronger in the penalty box for hooking, Byfuglien -- who likes the space in front of the net -- finally got his first goal of the series after a pass from captain Toews, making it 5-2.
Before the goal, Niemi made a great pad save on a point-blank attempt by Richards during a Flyers power play, keeping it a two-goal game.
Van Riemsdyk scored on a rebound in the final period to cut Chicago's lead to two and Niemi made another nice stop on Richards with about five minutes left.
Kane then skated down the left side and made a crisp feed to Sharp. That gave the Blackhawks a four-goal lead with just under four minutes left.
Aggressive from the outset, shooting from all angles, getting the puck through the neutral zone and able to keep their own end clear, the Blackhawks were in control early after two losses in Philadelphia that appeared to swing the momentum in the Flyers' favor.
On a power play, Seabrook took a nice pass from Versteeg, who had skated behind the net, lined it up from the left circle and beat Leighton for a 1-0 lead. The Blackhawks had entered the game just 1 for 9 on the power play in the series.
With a delayed penalty about to be called on the Flyers, Bolland gathered the puck as it bounced off the boards behind the net and then shoveled it in off Leighton's skate for a two-goal advantage.
About two minutes later, Versteeg took a pass at center ice, skated high between the circles and rifled the puck past Leighton for a 3-0 lead.
Leighton withstood a furious early attack with a great stop on Sharp, as Chicago had a quick 6-1 shots advantage, but the Blackhawks kept coming. Chicago finished the period with a 13-7 edge.
Quenneville shuffled the lines -- with Marian Hossa and Tomas Kopecky joining Toews to start the game. Kane skated with Ladd and Sharp, and Byfuglien was teamed with Versteeg and Bolland.
NOTES: In the 20 previous Stanley Cup finals series tied 2-2, the club winning Game 5 has won the Stanley Cup 14 times. Last year, the Pittsburgh Penguins were one of the six teams to overcome a loss in Game 5 after the series had been knotted at 2-2. ... Among the 22,305 in attendance was Michael Jordan, wearing a Toews jersey and waving a souvenir towel. ... Pronger, the Flyers' workhorse throughout the playoffs, logged 28 minutes, 37 seconds of ice time. ... Flyers RW Danny Briere got a cut near his eye from an errant stick in the final period.
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