Blackhawks tie up SCF 2-2 with thrilling 6-5 OT win
The Blackhawks knew they had to be far better in Game 4 if they wanted any hope of salvaging the series, and they came out swinging from the very first faceoff, which they won.
After a penalty call was given to Johnny Oduya for interference, a team converted on Boston's power play - but it wasn't the Bruins. Chicago got their first goal at 6:48, a shorthanded goal by Michal Handzus off a feed by Brandon Saad.
The two halves of the first period looked very different; after dominating much of the first half, the Blackhawks allowed the Bruins to start having a lot of pressure in their end. During a Bruins powerplay, Saad would bobble a clearing attempt; Rich Peverley would scoop up the loose puck and blast one through to tie things up 1-1.
The Blackhawks made things more difficult on Rask up in the second, and were rewarded with goals by Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane coming just over two minutes apart to give Chicago a 3-1 lead.
While the Bruins pulled within one with a Milan Lucic goal several minutes later, a solid effort between Michael Frolik and Marcus Kruger led to a Chicago goal to make it 4-2.
In one of the more bizarre goals seen in a while, Patrice Bergeron was able to score after a puck deflected off the rink netting, bounced down off the top of Chicago's goal, and landed in the paint, where he scooped it in, making it 4-3. It was Boston's fourth PPG in the series.
Bergeron also opened the scoring early in the third, making it 4-4. The Blackhawks finally had a power play goal of their own when Patrick Sharp scored to make it it 5-4, but the lead lasted less than a minute. Johnny Boychuk tied it up 5-5, and the game went to overtime.
Early Bruins pressure in OT had some good looks at the Blackhawks net. Ultimately, however, it was Brent Seabrook who won it for Chicago, 6-5, halfway through the first overtime.
Zdeno Chara was on the ice for 5 of Chicago's 6 goals.
Despite the prolific scoring, both goalies retain impressive stats: Rask at .941 sv% and 1.83 GAA; Crawford with .931 sv% and 1.86 GAA.
The series will now return to Chicago tied 2-2.
1) Brent Seabrook - CHI
2) Patrice Bergeron - BOS
3) Patrick Kane - CHI
Game 5: Saturday, June 22, 7 p.m. CDT / 8 p.m. EDT. It will be aired on NBC in the US; CBC & RDS in Canada. Listen in via WGN 720 radio.