Boston Comes Up Short in Game 4, Takes Tied Series Back to Chicago
The Stanley Cup Final is tied once again after the Boston Bruins drop a wild game to the Chicago Blackhawks, 6-5 in overtime.
In one of the best back and forth battles of the 2013 playoffs, the Bruins came close, but couldn’t find one more goal in OT to extend their series lead. It was an intense battle from the start, as the scoring opened up in the first ten minutes of the game. It would be Michal Handzus scoring a shorthanded goal off a 2-on-1 rush resulting from a great feeding pass from Brandon Saad. Boston would have it’s answering goal at the 14:43 mark of the period as Rich Peverley snapped one past Crawford to tie the game. The score would stand at 1-1 heading into the 2nd.
The stat sheets would be filled after the second period as five total goals were scored between both teams. The first came from Chicago as Jonathan Toews tipped a shot from Michal Rozsival that found it’s way under Tuukka Rask’s pads. Just over two minutes later the Blackhawks would score again, this time a wrist shot from Patrick Kane would give them a 3-1 lead at the 8:41 mark. The Bruins wouldn’t have their answer until Milan Lucic scored off a backhand shot at 14:43. Chicago would take one back just under a minute later when Marcus Kruger found the back of the net, which seemed as if it would take away any energy the Bruins had left in this period. When Patrick Kane got sent to the box for hooking, Boston found the spark they needed. Zdeno Chara took a shot off the end glass that would bounce off the top of the net and out in front to Patrice Bergeron who sent it home. By the end of the 2nd period the score would stand as 4-3 Chicago.
As the third period began the Bruins knew they needed to fight back, and they got to work early. At the 2:05 mark, it would be Patrice Bergeron once again to snap one past Corey Crawford and tie the game up. After a slew of penalties one after the other causing a mix up from a B’s power play to a Blackhawks man advantage, Patrick Sharp would wrist one past Rask to give Chicago it’s first power play goal of the series, and the 5-4 lead. Less then a minute later, Boston would come firing back as Johnny Boychuk sniped a wild slap shot to the back of the net to once again tie up this game. Despite a few good chances to either side, the score would remain a tie. We would see overtime for the third time this series.
The game winning goal would come at the 9:51 mark of the first OT as Brent Seabrook would snipe a long shot past Tuukka Rask for his 3rd of the playoffs, effectively ending the game and tying up the series.
In a night dominated by offense, Chicago would lead the way in shots with 47 to Boston’s 33.
Faceoffs were nearly even tonight, the Bruins having won 39 with Chicago winning 38.
The B’s lead the physical game tonight with 44 hits, the Blackhawks with 34.
For the first time this series, both teams scored power play goals. Boston with 2/5 chances converted, Chicago with 1/4.
The three stars for Wednesday night were:
- Brent Seabrook (1 G, +2 rating, GWG)
- Patrice Bergeron (2 G, 6 shots)
- Patrick Kane (1 G, 1 A, +2 rating)
The Bruins and Blackhawks will battle again on Saturday night in Chicago for Game 5.
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