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article imageBruins-Hawks classic as Chicago wins OT thriller 6-5, ties series

By Marcus Hondro     Jun 19, 2013 in Sports
The Chicago Blackhawks bent in game 4 of the Stanley Cup final in Boston against the Bruins Wednesday, but didn't break. The Hawks twice blew a 2 goal cushion but never gave up the lead and won in overtime, 6-5 on Brent Seabrook's point shot.
The Series is now tied at 2 apiece.
Chicago opened the scoring in the first on a shorthanded goal by Michael Handzus just 6:48 in. That goal came after Chicago was shutout in game 3 and had not scored since early in the first of game 2, for a goalless drought of 129:14; it was also the first goal against Boston at home in the playoffs in 193:16.
Late in the first, Rich Peverley tied it on a powerplay and the second saw the Hawks twice take two goal leads, each time Boston coming back. Jonathan Toews, with his first in 10 games, and Patrick Kane scored early in the period before Milan Lucic got Boston within a goal from in close. Marcus Kruger restored the 2 goal lead 49 seconds later.
Boston's perennial hero, Patrice Bergeron, scored late in the second and early in the third, his 8th and 9th of the postseason, and the Bruins had momentum. But a hooking call on David Krejci on a Kane partial breakaway gave the Blackhawks a chance to solve Boston's PK, which had killed 29 straight penalties. This time Patrick Sharp pounced on a rebound and gave Chicago a 5-4 lead.
It was again a short-lived lead as the Bruins, on a blast from Johnny Boychuk, tied it under a minute later. The two teams battled hard the rest of regulation, both having chances with little thought to just surviving until OT, but that's where it went at 5-5.
The third overtime game of the series was like the first two - end to end action. Seabrook's goal came at 9:51 on a slapper that eluded Rask thanks to traffic in front, something the Hawks have had trouble generating throughout the series.
Chicago outshot the Bruins 47-33, 6-5 in the extra frame, and while Tuukka Rask allowed an unconverted touchdown in Boston's net, he kept his team in it. Corey Crawford made a few timely saves for the Hawks but it wasn't his best night. The win for Chicago was a must as the odds are against coming back from a 3-1 Stanley Cup deficit; of the 229 teams who trailed by that count in a best of 7, only 20 came back to win.
It all shifts back to Chicago for game 5 on Saturday.
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