BOSTON -- Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday at TD Garden, in which the Chicago Blackhawks topped the Boston Bruins 6-5 in overtime, was an exciting back-and-forth affair that will go down as one for the ages.
The prior time a Stanley Cup Final game was decided by a 6-5 score in overtime, the New York Islanders defeated the Vancouver Canucks in Game 1 of the 1982 Final. But the Blackhawks don't have to look too far back to recall the lst 6-5 non-overtime game in the Final.
It was in Game 1 of the 2010 Final, when Chicago topped the Philadelphia Flyers, setting the stage for a wild series the Blackhawks would win in six games. Following Game 4 in Boston, some Blackhawks players from that 2010 Cup team started recalling the similar game against the Flyers.
"We've had some back-and-forth games. Game 1 in the 2010 Final in Philly was a similar kind of story," said forward Patrick Sharp, who scored Chicago's third goal in that 2010 game. "I know [Chicago coach] Joel [Quenneville] probably had a high heart rate there. Probably wasn't too happy with the chances we were giving up. But at the end of the day, I'm sure he's proud of the way we competed and battled and fought for each other."
Though a number of players on the 2012-13 Blackhawks played in that 2010 game, of the five players to score, only Sharp and David Bolland remain on the team. Chicago's other goals in that game were scored by Kris Versteeg, Troy Brouwer (who had two) and Tomas Kopecky, who had the game-winner 8:25 into the final period.
It helped galvanize a young Blackhawks team on their way to their first Cup since 1961. And if the 6-5 game against Philadelphia is any indication, Saturday’s Game 5 at United Center (8 p.m. Et; NBC, CBC, RDS) should be very different.
"Back in 2010 when we played Philly, Game 1 was 6-5, Game 2 was 2-1. Who knows what's going to happen?" Sharp said. "I can probably tell you it's going to be evenly matched. It's going to be close games from here on out. Just like every game has been. Both teams deserve to be here."