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The problem is the Bruins are facing a team that dominated like no other this season, getting off to a record start on the way to finishing with the most points in the NHL.

The Bruins got a solid performance in goal from Tuukka Rask, who had 29 saves coming off a 6-5 overtime loss, but Chicago dictated the tempo, particularly in the second period.

That changed down the stretch, even without Bergeron on the ice.

“It’s kind of sad that you had to lose a guy like that to wake the team up and start battling out there,” Rask said. “You’re in the finals, you play 20 minutes and that’s not going to be good enough to get you a hockey game. We have to realize that. Now we’re going to have some new bodies, some new lines and everybody needs to put 110 percent in and leave their hearts on the ice.”

The Bruins looked like they might be building some momentum when Zdeno Chara fired a bullet from the left circle past Corey Crawford’s glove to cut the deficit to one early in the third.

They nearly tied it with 2:20 left, only to have Crawford stop Jaromir Jagr after the puck careened around in front of the net, and the Blackhawks hung on from there.

Now, the Bruins are simply trying to hang on, period.

“We’ve been through it before, but it doesn’t help to think about what happened in the past,” Rask said. “We have to live in the moment. We have to be ready on Monday, get the first win. And Game 7, if that happens, it’s going to be up for grabs.”