Game 4 Reaction: Hawks 6, Bruins 5 (OT)
June, 20, 2013
By James Murphy | ESPNBoston.com
BOSTON -- Brent Seabrook scored the overtime winner 9:51 into the extra frame as the Blackhawks survived a seesaw affair at TD Garden and emerged with a 6-5 win in Game 4, tying the Stanley Cup finals at two games apiece.
Jonathan Toews (goal) and Patrick Kane (goal, assist) led the way as the Blackhawks had Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask (41 saves) under siege all night. Patrice Bergeron kept the Bruins in it with two goals, and Jaromir Jagr and Zdeno Chara each had two assists. Corey Crawford finished with 28 saves for the Blackhawks.
Blackhawks stars finally show up: Chicago's star players finally did something the Penguins' stars couldn't -- find the back of the net. Kane and Toews each lit the lamp for the first time in the series. Marian Hossa, who actually has played great in this series including an assist in Game 1, had another helper in Game 4 after missing Game 3 with an undisclosed injury. The play of Seabrook, Bryan Bickell and Duncan Keith should also be noted, as they too had monster games. Ultimately, though, Toews and Kane clearly had their best games of the series, and their teammates fed off their play. That's why this series is tied.
Bergeron continues to show offensive flair: With two goals in Game 4, Bergeron has three goals in the last two games and nine in the playoffs. Known more for his defensive game, Bergeron continues to prove he can do it at both ends of the ice. As Bruins head coach Claude Julien pointed out before the game Wednesday, Bergeron doesn't necessarily sacrifice his offensive game. Even though it may seem at times he's more focused on defense, he always brings balance to his game.
"I'm not sure I'm going to agree he sacrifices some offense," Julien said earlier Wednesday. "If he does, he'd probably be a minus player. He recognizes that both sides of the game are important to him. He knows how important it is to our team. He takes pride in that. Could he have more points? Yes. He's also a guy on the ice for more goals against. He's learned to balance that thing properly."
In the playoffs, when every goal counts so much, many people are finally seeing Bergeron for all he is.
Not a Julien-type game: As entertaining as Game 4 was, Julien probably had to check his blood pressure throughout this one. This was the antithesis of a prototypical, Julien-coached Bruins game. The Bruins pride themselves in controlling the tempo and slowing the game down. This game was fast, erratic and just the type of run-and-gun style the speedy Blackhawks thrive on. But give the Bruins credit for hanging in this type of game and once again disproving the myth that they're a trap team or simply all defense. But if they keep playing to the Hawks' strengths, the Bruins won't win this series. It also didn't help that the Bruins left Rask out to dry by allowing 47 shots.
Mixed bag on special teams: It's always great when the Bruins' power play (2-for-5) can light the lamp twice. But they allowed Chicago to score a short-handed goal and their penalty kill had a streak of 29 straight kills snapped as well. Both the power play and penalty kill reflected the Bruins' up-and-down and sometimes sloppy play 5-on-5. That's not what you want from special teams.
Bruins go glove side all night: The Bruins' video scout definitely deserves some mad props as the Bruins knew where to shoot in Game 4. All five goals were glove side on Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford. This scribe, for one, has never seen a goalie victimized in the same spot that many times in a game. That's just another example of how much the Bruins pay attention to detail and prepare their players.