BOSTON -- So what did you like about that wild, crazy and unlikely game in the Stanley Cup final? Let us count the ways.
How about Chicago Blackhawks defenceman Brent Seabrook and his knack for big goals this spring? It was his blast that found its way through traffic nine minutes and 51 seconds into overtime to give the Blackhawks a 6-5 win over the Boston Bruins on Wednesday.
"I like shooting in that spot," Seabrook said. "But to be honest, I was just trying to get it past the centreman, 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."
Seabrook, of Tsawwassen, B.C., also scored the overtime winner for Chicago in Game 7 to complete its comeback over the Detroit Red Wings in the second round. Now, after the equivalent of 15-plus periods, or 305:56, the Stanley Cup final is knotted at 2-2 as the teams travel back to Chicago for Game 5 on Saturday (CBC, CBCSports.ca, 7:30 p.m. ET).
Three of the four games have gone into extra time. Two days off will be welcomed.
Toews, Kane reunited
How about Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville reuniting Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane again? The two were big factors in Game 4. They scored 2:08 apart in the second period to give Chicago a 3-1 lead. They were on the ice when Patrick Sharp scored on the power play midway through the third, and again when Seabrook scored his deciding goal.
Does Quenneville regret not putting them together sooner in the series?
"You always get second guessed," the Chicago coach said. "There are reasons why. At the same time, I think we didn't mind the way we played the first game, first part of the second game.
"Game 3, we were disappointed with our offence. So we went to the well. I'm sure they're excited about returning together. Maybe it looks like I didn't know what I was doing," Quenneville added jokingly.
The Blackhawks had Marian Hossa back in the lineup after he missed Game 3 with an upper-body injury. He logged 19:07 of ice time and made one trip back to the dressing room. But he made a difference. The Blackhawks were much swifter in this game. They utilized their speed and transition game.
Hossa also set up for Chicago's first power-play goal of the series. The Blackhawks went 0 for their first 15 man-advantage situations in the series. Finally, they scored on the power play to go with a Michal Handzus short-handed goal in the first period to break even in the special teams department because Boston scored twice on the power play.
Will Crawford bounce back?
How will Chicago goalie Corey Crawford bounce back from this game? He had a rough game. His poor glove hand allowed Patrice Bergeron to tie the game at 4-4, and Johnny Boychuk to tie the game at 5-5 with shots to his catching-hand side.
"It was a battle to say the least," he said. "Those games are going to happen once in awhile. Our guys battled hard in front of me and obviously we scored a ton of goals so it was just one of those where you just kind of have to stick with it, brush it off and get ready for the next one."
How did you like that hip check by Boychuk along the sideboards on Sharp in the third period? Sharp didn't like it. He and Boychuk pushed and shoved afterwards. Sharp was fired up a few shifts later when he scored. Then Boychuck answered with his sixth of the post-season. It was a neat exchange from the two competitors.
How about the Bruins' heart and soul, Patrice Bergeron? He had an interesting game. He had the stuffing knocked out of him on a corner hit from Chicago's Michael Frolik. Bergeron needed a trip to the dressing room to recover. He scored two goals to help his team overcome a two-goal deficit. He had a big game. But he also was a minus-2. He was on the ice when Seabrook scored.Finally, did anyone think the Bruins had this sort of explosive offensive game? Sure they exhibited as much when times were desperate in their incredible Game 7 comeback against the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first round. But did anyone expect them to trade offensive punches with the high-flying Blackhawks?
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