Vermette goal puts Chicago one win from Cup

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Posted: Jun 13, 2015 11:40 PM

(Reuters) - Antoine Vermette scored in the third period to earn Chicago a 2-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game Five, giving the Blackhawks the chance to clinch the Stanley Cup on home ice on Monday.

Vermette shoveled in a cross-ice pass from Kris Versteeg to give the Blackhawks a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven finals on Saturday, deflating a Tampa Bay crowd that had been bolstered by the return of goaltender Ben Bishop after he missed Game Four with an undisclosed injury.

Chicago came out hard, testing Bishop early and outshooting Tampa Bay 14-5 in the first period.

Patrick Sharp opened the scoring for Chicago at 6:11 of the first period, while Valtteri Filppula tied it just after the midway point of the second frame.

It was the third straight game to enter the third period tied, and neither team have had more than a one-goal lead at any time during the series.

Chicago, gunning for their third Cup in six years, will get the chance to clinch the title at home for the first time since 1938 on Monday.

(Reporting by Cameron French; Editing by Peter Rutherford)