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Thursday, June 20, 2013
How about those Game 4 superlatives?

By ESPN Stats & Information

Stanley Cup Finals – Game 4
Blackhawks 6, Bruins 5 (OT) (Series tied, 2-2)

Brent Seabrook gave the Blackhawks a 6-5 overtime win in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals to even the series. It was the first time an NBA Finals game and a Stanley Cup finals game have both gone to OT on back-to-back nights since May 9-10, 1974. The Flyers beat the Bruins 3-2 in Game 2 followed by the Bucks beating the Celtics 102-101 in Game 6. Both games were at Boston Garden.

The offensive outburst on the ice produced some superlatives. The 11 goals were the most combined in a Stanley Cup finals game since Game 5 of 2010 Final (Blackhawks 7, Flyers 4). It was also only the 2nd game since the NHL took control of the Stanley Cup in 1927 to go to overtime with both teams scoring at least five goals (Islanders over Canucks in 1982 - Game 1).

* Brent Seabrook (CHI): GW goal at 9:51 of overtime, 2nd career playoff OT goal, both this postseason (other was in Game 7 of Conf. Semis vs Red Wings)
* From Elias: Brent Seabrook, who won Game 7 of Chicago’s second-round series against Detroit with an OT goal, is the fifth defenseman in NHL history to score two overtime goals in one playoff year. The others were Leo Reise, Jr. (1950 Red Wings), Chris Chelios (1995 Blackhawks), Niclas Wallin (2002 Hurricanes) and Scott Niedermayer (2007 Ducks).
* Most combined goals in a playoff game this postseason (11); most combined goals in a Cup finals game since Game 5 of 2010 finals (Blackhawks 7, Flyers 4)
* Only 2nd game since NHL took control of Stanley Cup in 1927 to go overtime with both teams scoring at least 5 goals (other was Islanders over Canucks, 6-5, in Game 1 of 1982 Final)
* 6th Cup finals series since 1927 to feature at least 3 overtime games (1st since Canadiens-Kings in 1993)
* Cup finals series will go at least 6 games for sixth straight postseason (last finals to go less than 6 games was Ducks-Senators in 2007)
* Patrick Sharp (CHI): PPG in 3rd period, now leads all players in goals this postseason (10) (had 1 points in previous 6 games)
* Blackhawks: break streak of 6 games without a power-play goal
* Bruins: allow PPG for 1st time since Game 5 of Conference Semifinals vs Rangers (had killed off 30 straight shorthanded situations)
* Bruins: 7-game home win streak in playoffs ends; only 3rd loss in last 14 playoff games overall (all 3 losses in OT)
* Patrice Bergeron (BOS): 2 goals (9); 4th career multi-goal playoff game (2nd this year)
* Tuukka Rask (BOS): 6 GA on 47 shots; had allowed 6 goals in his previous 5 games combined
* From Elias: Michal Handzus’ shorthanded goal 6:48 into Game 4 ended Tuukka Rask’s home shutout streak at 193:16. It was the third-longest home shutout streak within one playoff year in NHL history. Detroit’s Terry Sawchuk holds the record at 240:00 in 1952 and Toronto’s Lorne Chabot went 195:03 on home ice without allowing a goal in 1933.

Stanley Cup Finals
With 3 Or More Overtime Games Since 1927
Year OT Games
2013 Blackhawks vs Bruins 3
1993 Canadiens vs Kings 3
1951 Maple Leafs vs Canadiens 5
1950 Red Wings vs Rangers 3
1946 Canadiens vs Bruins 3
1940 Rangers vs Maple Leafs 3

Each Team Scored 5 Goals in Cup Finals Game
Last 30 Years
2013 Game 4 Blackhawks 6, Bruins 5
2010 Game 1 Blackhawks 6, Flyers 5
1992 Game 4 Penguins 6, Blackhawks 5

Most Combined Goals In A Game
2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs
Comb. Goals
Cup Finals Game 4 Blackhawks at Bruins 11 (CHI 6, BOS 5 - OT)
Conf. Semis Game 4 Penguins at Senators 10 (PIT 7, OTT 3)
Conf. Qtrs. Game 4 Penguins at Islanders 10 (NYI 6, PIT 4)
Conf. Qtrs. Game 7 Maple Leafs at Bruins 9 (BOS 5, TOR 4 - OT)
Conf. Qtrs. Game 3 Penguins at Islanders 9 (PIT 5, NYI 4 - OT)
Conf. Qtrs. Game 2 Red Wings at Ducks 9 (DET 5, ANA 4 - OT)

Tuukka Rask in Home Playoff Games
Since Conference Semifinals
Game 4 Game 4
W-L 6-0 Lost
Save pct .971 .872
Goals 6 6
Minutes 410:59 69:51

NEXT LEVEL: The Chicago Blackhawks made a point of taking closer shots in Game 4, shooting 34% of their shots from the slot or in front of the net. Only 19% of their shots in Games 1 through 3 came from this area.

Blackhawks from Slot or In Front
2013 Stanley Cup Finals
Games 1-3 Game 4
SOG Per Game 8 16
Goals 1 5
Pct of total SOG 19.2 34.0