The Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Boston Bruins 6-5 in overtime in Game 4 in Boston to tie the series at 2. The series returns to Chicago for Game 5 on Saturday night.
The Blackhawks would get off to a roaring start in Boston with their backs to the wall. It would pay off as they would finally score on the power play; unfortunately, it was on Boston’s power play as Michal Handzus scored a shorthanded goal over the left shoulder of Tuukka Rask at 6:48 of the first period. However, despite coming out with a strong ten minutes the Bruins would tie the game on the power play when Rich Peverly beat Corey Crawford glove side on the power play at 14:43. Despite a 12-9 edge in shots the Blackhawks would be tied with the Bruins through twenty minutes.
The second period would be the wildest of the series so far. After only scoring one goal in the whole playoffs, Jonathan Toews would deflect a Michal Rozsival shot past Rask at 6:33 to double his playoff goal total. Just two minutes later, Patrick Kane would cash in on a rebound off of a Bryan Bickell shot at 8:41 to extend the lead to 3-1. But the Bruins would cut the lead to one as Milan Lucic deflected a rebound that Crawford left out in front as the defensemen failed to tie him up at 14:43. But 49 seconds later the Blackhawks would extend the lead again as Michael Frolik and Marcus Kruger had a 2 on 0 after Zdeno Chara went down to block the shot. Kruger was stopped on his first try but stayed at the net and put in a goal from parallel to the goal line at 15:32. Yet again the Bruins would cut the lead to one. After a Chara shot took a weird bounce off the back of the glass and deflected on top of the net and in front of Crawford in the crease. Patrice Bergeron beat Crawford high at 17:22 on the power play. There would be 5 goals scored in the second period on 24 shots.
But the drama wasn’t over in the third period. The Bruins tied the game as Bergeron would score again as he beat Crawford with a shot between the pad and glove as Crawford seemed confused at 2:05. The back and forth would continue as the Hawks would take the lead again on their own power play as Patrick Sharp cleaned up a rebound off of a Marian Hossa shot at 11:19. But the Bruins would come back one more time as Johnny Boychuk beat Crawford from the point with a slap shot that beat him glove side at 12:14. The game would go to overtime as Crawford would hold on at the end of the period.
Overtime would bring the same frantic up and down pace similar to regulation. Crawford and Rask made several big saves. The biggest save of the night came when Crawford saved a shot directly off of a faceoff win by David Krecji. The Blackhawks came back down and Rask made several saves but the Bruins failed to clear the puck as Brent Seabrook kept the puck in the zone. He wheeled and unleashed a slap shot from above the right faceoff circle that beat Rask to the far post at 9:51.
What it means
In a series that has been back and forth, the Blackhawks have wrestled home ice advantage back from the Bruins. With the series tied at two, it has now become a best two out of three. The Blackhawks are now 4-5 on the road in the playoffs. This was the third overtime game so far in the Stanley Cup Final.
3 stars of the game
3. Patrick Kane- Kane had a huge night as he was reunited with Toews and Bickell. Kane had one goal and one assist and was a plus two while recording four shots on goal.
2. Patrice Bergeron- Bergeron had another good game for the Bruins as he scored two goals. It was a huge night offensively for Bergeron as he recorded six shots on goal and was good in the faceoff circle as he won 19 of 34 draws.
1. Brent Seabrook- Seabrook is starting to get a knack for game winners in overtime. He scored the game winner in Game 7 against Detroit and now tonight. Seabrook had one goal and was a plus two with two shots on goal and three hits in 25:43 of ice time.