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Blackhawks grab Game 5 victory, can clinch Stanley Cup at home

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CHICAGO (AP) -

Antoine Vermette has scored twice in the Stanley Cup Final series against Tampa Bay. And both have been third-period, game-winners.

The late-season addition sealed a 2-1 win in Game 5 by converting a rebound two minutes into the third. His other goal came with 4:34 left in a 2-1 win in Game 1.

The Blackhawks now head to Chicago, where they'll have a chance to win their sixth title, third in six years, and first in the Windy City since they did that in 1938. It won't be easy in a series in which neither team has enjoyed a two-goal lead, and all five games have been decided by one goal. All three of Chicago's wins have been 2-1 margins.

No Stanley Cup Final has ever had more than five games decided by one goal.

Don't count out the Lightning being down 3-2. They were in the same position against Calgary in 2004 before winning Games 6 and 7 to claim the franchise's only title.

Since 2009, Chicago is 7-1 in Game 5s, and improved to a combined 17-1 in Games 5-7.
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