Game four of the Stanley Cup finals, between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Boston Bruins, had very few similarities to the previous games.
In fact I believe the only similarity is that the game was decided in overtime. This game was a complete circus. Both goaltenders had quite a few uncharacteristic errors and the two teams were sloppy with the puck. Now to be clear this wasn’t a bad game to watch it all. Both teams played to their strengths.
Chicago’s Jonathan Teows, and Patrick Kane have finally woken up. They scored key goals, were active in the corners, and finally used their speed to their advantage. In fact, I believe the whole team was faster than the Bruins.
Also, Marian Hossa who was injured managed to have an impact in the game as well. In this series, the first goal has been extremely important. And that game leading short- handed goal was exactly what the Blackhawks needed.
When that goal was scored, Chicago had all the momentum. Bryan Bickell was hitting Chara, and Micheal Handzus was scoring, and winning face-offs. Plus the Blackhawks forwards were finally affectively screening Tukka Rask, and getting rewarded. When the Blackhawks scored the goal to go up 4-1, I thought this game was going to turn into a 6-1 or 7-1 blowout for Chicago. However, a series of turnovers, and terrible penalties allowed the Bruins to get back in the game. And it wasn’t Brad Marchand or Chara scoring. No, it was Rich Peverley and Daniel Paille.
In the end, an overtime winner scored by Brent Seabrook tied the series for the Blackhawks. Now most fans will say that the Blackhawks didn’t deserve that win, because they let that lead slip away. But I disagree. The Blackhawks outplayed the Bruins in most areas. They were faster, won most of the face-offs, and were finally able to match the physical play of the Bruins. Now the question becomes, what does this do to both teams psychologically. For the Blackhawks, they’ve tied the series on the road, and their star players finally got on the scoreboard. For the Bruins, I believe it’s all very frustrating. The Bruins players battled back to tie it, and have nothing to show for it. I believe this game was possibly the turning point in the series. If the Blackhawks can keep the momentum by feeding off the energy of the crowd, they’ll take the lead in the series. However, if the Bruins get a big bounce back game from Tukka Rask, anything can happen. I can’t wait to see which team’s roster will be able to keep their composure and take the lead in the series on Saturday. One thing is certain, the fans in Chicago will be ready and waiting to welcome the Bruins back to the mad house.
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