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Blackhawks lucky to have him

CHICAGO -- If luck is truly the residue of design, then Patrick Kane knew it was coming all along.

Kane is known for his speed and his skill, but like a fourth-line grinder, he isn't afraid to take his buddies' leftovers and close the deal. He's more Finish than Teemu Selanne.

Kane, the boy king of Chicago hockey, scored the first two goals in the Blackhawks' 3-1 win in Game 5, putting them one win away from their second Stanley Cup in four years.

One goal came off a ricocheting puck and the other on a backhand-flip off a rebound.

Kane, who is tied for second in the league with nine playoff goals, called his goals luck. His coach called it skill. It's the eternal debate.

"He's dangerous with the puck; his anticipation without it offensively is high-end," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. "I think reading off those guys in the offensive zone has been very effective for him. But guys that have that kind of innate skill of scoring and being a top player, they anticipate like the rest of us would like to."

Whether it was good fortune or prenatural prediction, a goal is a goal is a goal.

"I guess he gets those kind of goals too," resident deflection expert Andrew Shaw said with a laugh. "They're not all going to be pretty, but they're huge goals for us. The boys were loving it."

Did Kane hear about his good fortune on the bench?

"No, not really," he said. "I think they were giving it to me more about my celebration. I kind of took off on both of them. It's an exciting time, especially when you're scoring in games like this. I didn't hear too much; maybe tomorrow."

Kane's goal celebrations are worth the price of admission. He's not a guy who shies away from the spotlight, that's for sure. But he wasn't taking too much credit for his goals.

"Sometimes you catch some breaks," he said. "I think I was in the right spot at the right time tonight on both goals."

After Kane's second goal made it 2-0, someone in the NBC booth, during an off-air conversation audible on the house feed, phrased it perfectly: "If you look at the last two goals, it's just throwing the puck to the net."

No kidding. That's hockey. But someone has to score. No one gets credit for scoring chances. Well, there might be an NHL award for it -- there is for everything else -- but in the playoffs, the only thing that matters is the final score.

And Kane is a guy who scores. He's proven it night after night.

"He wants it," Patrick Sharp said. "He's been in a lot of big games in his short career already. He likes that big stage. I think a lot of us do, but he always finds a way to score a goal."

To combat a scoring drought against Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask and his cast of talented defensemen, Quenneville reunited golden boys Kane and Jonathan Toews before Game 4, putting them on a line with bruiser Bryan Bickell.

You think Quenneville doesn't know what he's doing?

More importantly, do you think Kane doesn't know what he's doing at the net?

The trio combined for five points in that game, and another five in Saturday's Game 5 victory. Kane had three goals in those two games.

"Playing with Johnny and Bicks, they create a lot of space and I've been taking advantage of the space they do make," Kane said. "I think everybody wants to be that guy in big-time games. I've been lucky enough in a couple to step up."

The Hawks scored both goals with bogeyman Zdeno Chara on the ice. Expect Boston to adjust to the Hawks' top line, if Toews can play in Game 6. He didn't play the third period after absorbing a nasty hit from Johnny Boychuk with about eight minutes to play in the second period.

"Well, they have had two good games in a row, and the way the goals were scored, they were scored close around the net," Bruins coach Claude Julien said. "Kane scored three goals in the last two games, and he's very good at kind of finding those quiet areas and sliding into the right spot. That's why he's a good player and scores a lot of goals."

The first goal came late in the first period, starting with a Johnny Oduya shot that broke Boston defenseman Dennis Seidenberg's stick, then hit Toews' stick before he seemingly led it to Kane just inside the near post. Kane tapped it in.

Kane's second goal came five minutes into the second off a Bickell wraparound-miss. Again, Kane was skating toward the goal, he got the rebound and flipped it past Rask's opposite shoulder, top shelf.

"One of the things on this team is you want to crash the net, whether it's bringing it back out and crashing it again," Kane said. "It seems to have worked the last couple games. They're a tough defensive team and you're not going to get those chances often. It's good to bury them."

He was talking about burying the shots, but Kane could've meant burying the Bruins.

All the pressure is on them going home to Boston. In 2010, the Blackhawks won the Cup on the road in Game 6. And Kane scored the game winner in overtime.

Some guys just make all the luck.