06/20 00:28 CDT Rejuvenated Blackhawks tie series 2-2 with OT win
Rejuvenated Blackhawks tie series 2-2 with OT win
By DOUG ALDEN
BOSTON (AP) -- The Chicago Blackhawks shifted from flat to frenzied, then tied
the Stanley Cup finals with a hard-fought overtime win over the Boston Bruins
in a free-flowing Game 4.
Brent Seabrook's goal 9:51 into OT ended a wild Wednesday night of offense and
short-lived leads, sending the Blackhawks back home to Chicago for Game 5 on
Saturday all even instead of trailing 3-1.
It was a decided turnaround for Chicago after a listless performance Monday in
a 2-0 loss that put the Bruins up 2-1 in the series.
"We definitely worked really hard at creating the chances that we did," said
Chicago captain Jonathan Toews, who had gone 10 games without a goal before he
scored early in the second to put Chicago up 2-1. "The chances that we got, the
goals that we scored, weren't turnover plays by them or just lucky bounces by
us. They were goals that we were moving the puck around, we shot it, we got
rebounds, we recovered the puck, we kept it moving around and finally scored a
In short, whatever the Blackhawks were lacking in Game 3 was plentiful
The Blackhawks had six shots on goalie Tuukka Rask before the Bruins had any.
Chicago also outhit the Bruins early and pounced on loose pucks when Rask left
himself vulnerable by failing to control rebounds.
Rask had allowed just seven goals in seven games before the Blackhawks beat him
six times on Wednesday. Although the Bruins rallied to tie it three times, the
Blackhawks never trailed.
"It's exciting. Everybody worked so hard tonight. Everybody's worked so hard
through the playoffs," Seabrook said. "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."
The Blackhawks outshot the Bruins 47-33 and scored a power-play goal for the
first time in the series, ending an 0-for-29 drought that started in the
Western Conference finals against Los Angeles.
Chicago had just five goals in the series entering Game 4, and the teams had
combined for just 12 before striking for 11 on Wednesday.
Patrick Kane had a goal and an assist, and Corey Crawford finished with 28
saves. Crawford certainly has played better, but he was backed by enough
offense this time to overcome his mistakes.
All five of Boston's goals beat Crawford to the glove side, which the Bruins
tested one final time in OT on a snap shot by Rich Peverley.
Peverley had scored against Crawford with a wrist shot in the first period to
tie it 1-1.
Crawford juggled the puck slightly, but held on to it and forced a faceoff 9:32
"Corey has been great for us all year, all playoffs. He just moves forward,"
coach Joel Quenneville said. "Commend him. We got the win. You know, he'll be
Just 19 seconds after stopping Peverley, Crawford was darting out of his crease
to join his teammates as they piled on Seabrook after his slap shot from the
right point got past Rask and hit the net inside the far post for the winner.
Rask faced only 28 shots Monday in Boston's shutout as the Bruins controlled
play in all three periods. The Blackhawks established early in Game 4 that they
had no intention of a repeat subpar performance, dominating the first seven
Chicago hit first and then hit back in every post-whistle scrum, and there were
plenty of those as the Original Six clubs fought through regulation and into
overtime for the third time in four games.
Chicago's win guarantees the series will return to Boston for Game 6 on Monday,
when one of the teams will be one win away from claiming the Stanley Cup.