CHICAGO — They had been quiet, the giants of the Blackhawks. They had been subdued, their goal-scoring brilliance in the Western Conference finals a mere memory. And then things changed in Game 4. Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews were reunited and reignited, with Kane returning to the form that saw him earn a hat trick to finish off the Kings.
The Blackhawks needed Kane to produce again on Saturday night, and he was at his best. The winger swept up two rebounds, taking advantage of broken sticks and loose pucks, and flicking them past Tuukka Rask.
Kane sent the Blackhawks up by two goals, scoring in the first and second periods, as Chicago led by two for the second straight game, going on to take Game 5, 2-1, for a 3-2 series lead. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.