Blackhawks Win Classic Game 4 to Tie Stanley Cup Final at 2-2

Published on June 20th, 2013

Blackhawks celebrate after Handzus' SH goal

Blackhawks celebrate after Handzus’ SH goal

by Mike del Tufo

Game 3 of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final was a tight-checking defensive game with the Boston Bruins suffocating the Chicago Blackhawks to secure a hard-fought 2-0 home win.  All indications pointed to another low-scoring affair for Game 4 again in Boston but it was certainly not the case as the teams combined for 5 goals in the 2nd period and a total of 11 goals as the Hawks won 6-5 to even the series.  No one expected the Hawks to tally 6 goals after being shut out the previous game.

The Blackhawks opened the scoring by stunning the Bruins with a short-handed goal by Michal Handzus.  The Bruins replied with a power-play goal later in the period as the teams were knotted 1-1 after one period. 

The second period had 5 goals scored in just under 11 minutes of play. 

The Hawks got goals early in the 2nd period from Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane in a 2 minutes and 8 second span to grab a 3-1 lead.  For this game, Hawks head coach Joel Quenneville reunited Toews back on a line with Kane and got some great results.  “They seem to have some chemistry.  Scoring certainly helps.  Everybody in that line brings something different to the party.  Bicks (Bryan Bickell) off the rush can shoot.  Kaner has possession.  Johnny gets through.  It’s a nice combination.  So it was nice to see them back and productive, too,” he said.

The teams traded goals with Milan Lucic scoring for the Bruins and Marcus Kruger for the Hawks.  The Bruins then scored a late power-play goal by Patrice Bergeron to pull within one goal at the 2nd intermission.  Bergeron followed that up by scoring early in the 3rd period to tie the game 4-4. 

On relinquishing two 2-goal leads, Toews said, “I wouldn’t say we got comfortable, but we definitely need to focus on being smarter and better defensively in that situation.  We let them bounce back too quickly.  When we get that momentum, we have to hold onto it a little bit longer.  It was just a couple defensive plays here and there.  If we get in shooting lanes, if we don’t allow those shots from the point to come in, we can do a better job in front of Corey and help him out a little bit better, keep that momentum, like I said. Sometimes it’s not easy, especially in this building when you let them come back and score a goal, they feel they’re right back in the game.  That’s something definitely we want to do better in the next one.”

The Hawks finally ended their power-play drought at 11:19 of the 3rd period when Patrick Sharp slammed it in to give the Hawks a 5-4 lead.  Bruins Johnny Boychuk, however, responded less than a minute later to again tie the game.  It was a frantic finish of regulation but neither team could get the lead goal so the teams headed to overtime for the third time in this classic series.

In the extra session after some strong chances by each team, Hawks defenseman Brent Seabrook slipped one past Rask to end the game at 9:51 of overtime.  On the game-winning goal, Seabrook said, “I like shooting in that spot.  But to be honest, I was just trying to get it past the center man, their forward coming out and trying to block it.  They do such a good job of blocking shots, getting in the way, getting in lanes.  I just tried to get it past the first guy.  I thought all the forwards on the ice, Kane made a great play putting it on the ice, Bickell tried putting it there, it bounced around a little bit, our forwards did a good job of getting in front and boxing out.  It was just a great play.”

Game 5 of this tremendous series is scheduled for 8pm Saturday in Chicago.

 

Bruins and Blackhawks battle for loose puck

Bruins and Blackhawks battle for loose puck

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