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BOSTON - Staring down elimination in the Cup Final two years ago, the Bruins returned home from Vancouver to host Game 6 at TD Garden. On that night in mid-June 2011 they blasted three goals behind Roberto Luongo in the opening frame, chasing the Montreal native from the crease before sneaking one more past Cory Schneider to close out the period. They would force an all-or-nothing Game 7 back west with the 5-2 victory, burying the Canucks decisively two nights later to capture the Cup. Faced with an identical situation here in 2013 - down 3-2 after a 3-1 Game 5 loss - Boston will look to repeat history when they host Chicago with the Cup in the building on Monday night. "A desperate team is always a tough team to play against," said Brad Marchand, who scored three goals in those final two games against the Canucks, but has gone pointless in this series against the Blackhawks. "We wanted to make sure we forced a Game 7 last time and thats our focus this time." "Right now our goal is to create a Game 7," Bruins coach Claude Julien echoed, "and to create a Game 7 youve got to win game 6. So thats our approach to it." While his status for Game 6 is not definite, the Bruins may just have the services of do-it-all centreman Patrice Bergeron after all. Bergeron, who is tied for the team lead with nine goals in the playoffs, left Game 5 with an unknown injury but will take the pre-game warmup and is expected to play, this according to Julien on Monday morning. "Itd be a big loss for us if he didnt play," said Marchand, who plays alongside Bergeron on a line that also includes 41-year-old Jaromir Jagr. "Hes one of our best players right now. And hes had a great series, scored a few very big goals. Hopefully thats not the case, but well see [Monday]." Whether he plays or not the Bruins know theyll have to find means to lock down Chicagos blistering top line, the Patrick Kane-Jonathan Toews duo sizzling with four goals and seven points in consecutive victories. Kane has scored three in that span, including a pair on "sneaky" rebounds in Game 5. "I think the biggest thing is weve just got to try to eliminate him when hes around the net, make sure youre aware of where he is," said Marchand of the 24-year-old, who mischievously pounced on a pair of loose pucks, depositing the rebounds behind Tuukka Rask. "Hes very sneaky. Hes always curling around the back-side of the net and things like that. He finds a way to get open and find those loose pucks. Weve just got to find a way to keep an eye on him at all times." Kane and Toews - whom Chicago was "optimistic" about for Game 6 after the captain sat out the third period of Game 5 - alongside Bryan Bickell, have dipped and dived with speed around the Bruins, most prominently the 6-foot-9 captain Zdeno Chara, on the ice for the past eight Hawks goals against. "I dont think Z has been a bad player for us," said Julien. "Again, you look at all the goals, and I keep saying that, just because hes on the ice doesnt mean theyre his fault. I get to watch those games and dissect it, and I cant really tell a single goal thats all Zs fault. He takes a lot of heat because hes on the ice for those goals and what he means to our hockey club." Julien did concede to whats become obvious: the Hawks are doing their absolute best to pester, tire and frustrate Chara. "Its pretty obvious that theyre throwing the pucks in his corner and they want to get him to turn and tire him out," the Bruins coach observed. Boston snuffed the life out from the Hawks in Games 2 and 3, holding them without a goal for a span that surpassed 120 minutes. Chicago would bust out for six, however, in Game 4 before adding three more in a close Game 5 victory. Stifling their attack, while taking better care of the puck, is atop the list of priorities for Game 6. Momentum has proved generally fleeting in this series so while the Hawks hold the upper-hand with a chance to grip the Cup heading into Mondays action, the tide has the potential to turn in an instant with a Bruins victory. "…you dont have to say much to this group," Julien said, questioned on the message hed deliver to his team ahead of Game 6. "They understand whats happening, and they know what they need to do. I dont need to go in there and give this big speech and get these guys riled up because they know whats at stake, and weve proven it in the past, and now we have an opportunity to prove it again [Monday]." 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NEW YORK -- Jason Heyward made a diving catch with runners on first and second and two outs in the ninth inning after pinch-hitter Reed Johnson hit a go-ahead single with two outs in a two-run top half, leading the Atlanta Braves to a 2-1, comeback victory over the New York Mets on Monday night. Playing for the first time after missing six games with a strained right hamstring, Heyward made a long run to his right and slid along the wet grass to hold his glove up after grabbing pinch-hitter Justin Turners fly ball. The Braves took advantage of catcher John Bucks passed ball to score twice in the ninth against closer Bobby Parnell. The Braves did not get their first hit off Dillon Gee until Freddie Freeman led off the seventh with a single. But the NL East leaders ended their two-game skid against Parnell (5-5). With shortstop Omar Quintanilla playing behind second base in a shift, Brian McCann singled through the opening at short to open the ninth. Evan Gattis followed with a bloop single to right-centre. David Wright then fielded Dan Ugglas grounder and stepped on third before leaping over a sliding pinch-runner Jose Constanza. Bucks passed ball on a high fastball put runners in scoring position before Chris Johnsons grounder tied it. Batting for reliever Jordan Walden, Reed Johnson then lined a single to centre for the lead. Craig Kimbrel hit Buck with a pitch with one out in the rainy ninth, drawing the Mets fans ire as he tried to get comfortable in the steady downpour by walking off the mound after nearly every pitch. Pinch-runner Andrew Brown advanced to second on a wild pitch and Quintanilla drew a 10-pitch walk. Turner, in his first game off the disabled list, hit liner to the spacious gap in left-centre at Citi Field, but Heyward, who was playing in centre field because B.J. Upton is on the disabled list, made a flat out dive to preserve the Braves first win in three games. Kimbrel earned his 28th save. Walden (4-1) pitched the eighth for the win. Julio Teheran kept pace with Gee, allowing just Ike Davis RBI single in the fourth inning. Teheran put ruunners on base in each of the first four innings, but picked off leadoff man Eric Young Jr.dddddddddddd after walking him in the first. Teheran couldnt overcome Marlon Byrds leadoff triple in the fourth, though. Byrd hit a sinking line drive to right field that went under the glove of a charging Justin Upton and rolled to the wall. Byrd raced around second and the fans cheers began to swell but turned to a collective "aww" when he was held at third rather than try for an inside-the-park homer. Davis followed with a sharp grounder under diving first baseman Freeman for the 1-0 lead. It was Davis first RBI since he drove in two runs July 5, his first game back from the minors. The popular first baseman got his first extra-base hit in 54 plate appearances in the second inning, when he doubled just inside the left field line. Davis homered on June 2 before the drought started. The Braves wasted a big chance in the seventh when Freeman led off with their first hit. Atlanta then loaded the bases with one out on a single by Gattis and Uggla was hit by a pitch. Gee threw his gutsiest pitches of the night with the bases jammed. First Chris Johnson grounded to third baseman Wright, who rushed the slow bouncer and threw home for a fielders choice. Then Gee tossed two pitches in the dirt that pinch-hitter Joey Terdoslavich chased for an inning-ending strikeout. Mets fans gave Gee a loud cheer as he walked off the field. Gee was lifted after 96 pitches and seven innings, allowing two hits and three walks. He has tossed 13 2-3 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run. NOTES: Mets rookie centre fielder Juan Lagares was named NL player of the week. He went 7 for 10 with two doubles, one homer and five RBIs over his last three games. ... The Braves are putting LHP Paul Maholm (wrist strain) on the 15-day DL. 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