The Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks needed an extra period to decide last nights game. Three of the four games in this years NHL Finals have needed at least one overtime period. The Blackhawks found their hero in Brent Seabrook. Seabrook beat Tuukka Rask with a wrist shot at the 9:51 mark of the extra period, to tie the series at 2 games each. I questioned if Chicago had any legs left, and it seems they do. Chicago went toe to toe with Boston. The Blackhawks victory may be in large part due to their centers remembering how to win draws. After a terrible game three at the faceoff dot, Chicago was able to keep the numbers even in-game four (38 -39). Everyone showed up for this game and during the Second period the teams traded goals like boxers trading punches. The second period saw five goals in total and Chicago never trailed in-game four. For at least one game Boston and Chicago have figured out how to score on the stingy goaltenders.; there were 11 goal given up between the two teams. It’s refreshing to watch two teams play the game with such determination and heart. I guess that is what make the NHL Playoffs such a great tournament.
Game 4 By The Numbers
Score: Chicago 6 Boston 5
Power Play : Chicago 1/4, Boston 2/5
Hits: Chicago 34 Boston 44
Shots on Goal: Chicago 47, Boston 33
Series Leaders : Patrice Bergeron leads in Goals and Points with 4. Tuukka Rask is the top net minder after 4 games . GAA 2.09 SV% .936
No matter how this series turns out it has been a very good example of NHL hockey. I’ll still pick Boston to win the Stanley Cup, but Chicago did give me something to think about.