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Thursday, June 20, 2013



CHI:   M. Handzus (SHG, 06:48 - 1st) , J. Toews (06:33 - 2nd) , P. Kane (08:41 - 2nd) , M. Kruger (15:32 - 2nd) , P. Sharp (PPG, 11:19 - 3rd) , B. Seabrook (09:51 - OT)
BOS:   R. Peverley (PPG, 14:43 - 1st) , M. Lucic (14:43 - 2nd) , P. Bergeron (PPG, 17:22 - 2nd) , P. Bergeron (02:05 - 3rd) , J. Boychuk (12:14 - 3rd)

CHI: C. Crawford (W)
 BOS: T. Rask (L)

      Last night in Boston, it was Game 4 on the 2013 Stanley Cup finals between the Bruins and the Chicago Blackhawks. The Bruins were on home ice and looking to take a 3-1 stranglehold on this series, but the Hawks had other plans. 7 minutes in with the Hawks shorthanded, Saad came in on a 2 on 1 and he played the puck to Handzus and he scored to make it 1-0 Chicago. That was the first goal that the Blackhawks scored in 120 minutes. Late in the period with the Bruins on another powerplay, Saad tries to clear the puck and it goes right to Peverley and he ripped a shot past Crawford to tie the game. The shots were 12-9 in favor of Chicago after 1.

        Coming into this game, Toews hadn't scored in 10 games thats his longest playoff drought in his career. But 6 minutes into the second that drought would come to an end as Toews deflects a Rozsivals shot past Rask to give the Hawks the lead. 2 minutes later, Bickell's shot was stopped, but Kane was there to put home the rebound to make it 3-1. But the Bruins don't give up. With over 5 minutes to play in the second, Lucic would cut the lead to 1. The Hawks would respond in a hurry, 50 seconds later, Frolik centred the puck to Kruger he went to his backhand and was robbed by Rask, but he found the puck and stuffed it in to make it 4-2.

       Late in the second with the Bruins on a powerplay,  Chara's shot went wide and it bounced off the glass in behind the net and back in front right to Bergeron who had an east tap in to cut the lead to 1 again. The Bruins never seem to quit. The shots in the second were 13-11 Chicago. 2 minutes into the third, Jagr played the puck to Bergeron (at the top of the right circle) and he one timed a shot into the back of the net to tie the game again. At the half way point of the third, Chicago was on a powerplay. Hossa's shot from the point was stopped, but Sharp put home the rebound to make it 5-4. 55 seconds later, Boychuk slapped a shot past Crawford from the point to tie the game at 5-5.  We will need overtime. The shots in the third were 16-8 Chicago.

      9:51 into O.t,  Seabrook had the puck at the point and he fired a bullet past Rask to win the game and tie the series at 2-2 going back to Chicago. "It [was] time to put all those other games behind us -- the games where we struggled to score, forget about it, just find a way to do what you do," Chicago captain Jonathan Toews said. "It was fun to see the puck go in as often as it did tonight. We know we can be better defensively. But we'll use that confidence and try our best to pounce on them in [Game 5]."In the loss, Rask made 41 saves. "It is not fun. We battled back many times, didn't make it easy on ourselves," said Rask.. "At the end of the day, it is a one-goal game and they get it. We just made it too tough on ourselves. Not our best night."In the win, Crawford made 28 saves.

       "It's exciting," Seabrook said. "Everybody worked so hard tonight, everybody's worked so hard through the playoffs, we're all contributing. It doesn't matter if I score, or anybody else scores; it's nice to get the win and move on to the next day. I think it's definitely exciting to score in an overtime game, an overtime goal. But at the end of the day it's just a win and we still need two more, so..."The Hawks deserved to win this game along with a few other games in this series, but the main problem was they couldn't score on Rask. But it looks like the either solved him or he had a little bit of an off night, only time will tell. You can read about the remainder of this series right here on this blog. Game 5 is Saturday night in Chicago.

Written By Andrew Di Pardo

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