STANLEY CUP FINAL GAME 4: BRUINS VS. BLACKHAWKS
11:33 - Overtime Snapshots: BOS 5, CHI 6
BRUINS LOSE IN OT: Blackhawks defensemen Brent Seabrook delivered the winner at 9:51 of the extra session, when he belted a slap shot through a screen and past Tuukka Rask, to beat the Bruins, 6-5. The series will return to Chicago for Game Five on Saturday tied at two games apiece.
2013 SCF MAKING HISTORY: According to the NHL, this is the first time since 1993 that three games of a Stanley Cup Final series have gone into overtime. The Los Angeles Kings and Montreal Canadiens went into extra time three times in ‘93 with the Habs emerging with victories on each occasion.
FERENCE, MARCHAND GET CHANCES EARLY: Andrew Ference and Brad Marchand both generated scoring chances less than two minutes into overtime. The Bruins established firm possession of the puck in Chicago’s end. After a cycling the puck around, Adam McQuaid fed Andrew Ference at the point. Ference put a solid shot on net that was blocked, but traffic in front pushed the rebound out to the slot. There, Brad Marchand had a great look, but sent it just wide.
11:06 - Third Period Snapshots: BOS 5, CHI 5
BRUINS, BLACKHAWKS HEADED TO OVERTIME: For the third time this series, the Bruins and Blackhawks need extra time to settle the score. The B’s and ‘Hawks went to overtime in Game 1 and Game 2, playing a combined four periods. This is the eighth time the Bruins will go to overtime this postseason. So far, they have accrued a 5-2 record.
JOHNNY BOYCHUK TIES IT AGAIN: The Bruins won’t go away. Just 55 seconds after Patrick Sharp put Chicago in the lead, Johnny Boychuk sent his signature slapshot from the point high on Corey Crawford’s glove-side. Boychuk’s snipe came at 12:14 and gives him his sixth goal of the postseason, which leads all Bruins defensemen.
TOEWS, JAGR & KREJCI SENT TO THE BOX: Jonathan Toews and Jaromir Jagr were sent to the penalty box for high-sticking just 21 seconds apart. Toews was called after catching Nathan Horton in the face, and Jagr went for connecting with Duncan Keith’s. The Bruins initially took advantage of the 4-on-4 open ice, but Patrick Kane drew a hooking penalty after he intercepted a pass in Boston’s end and nearly gave the ‘Hawks the lead. With Krejci boxed, Chicago had 30 seconds of a 4-on-3 and 19 seconds of a 5-on-3—and that’s when Patrick Sharp gave the Blackhawks the lead with a chip-in goal at . Patrick Sharp chipped in a rebound at 11:19.
TUUKKA ROBS PATRICK SHARP: Blackhawks leading playoff scorer Patrick Sharp had a prime scoring chance at 6:43, but Tuukka Rask denied him with his biggest save of the night. Niklas Hjalmarsson put a shot on net from the point, and Sharp was in perfect position to pick up the rebound. Sharp tried once, twice, but couldn’t get it by a sprawling Rask. The Bruins goaltender has 34 saves tonight.
BERGERON TIES IT UP: Patrice Bergeron finds the back of the net. Again. After cutting the Blackhawks’ lead down to one late in the second period, Bergeron evened the score just 2:05 into the third frame. Jaromir Jagr started the play with impressive work in the corner behind Chicago’s net, fending off several Blackhawks who tried to poke the puck away. Eventually, Jagr whipped pass to Bergeron in the slot, and the B’s assistant captain netted his team’s fourth goal of the night. Bergeron is now tied with David Krejci for the team-lead in playoff goals with nine—and registers his fourth multi-point game of the playoffs—and Jagr picks up his second assist of the night and tenth of the postseason.
10:16 - Second Period Snapshots: BOS 3, CHI 4
BERGERON TRIMS THE DEFICIT: Moments after the Blackhawks extended their lead back to two goals, Patrick Kane was sent to the penalty box for hooking at 16:24. The Bruins power play, which already capitalized once tonight, came out clicking. David Krejci had a great look from the point and Nathan Horton had another quality chance from the slot. Then, Zdeno Chara threw a wrist shot on net from the point and created one of the funkiest goals of the season. Chara’s shot deflected off of Corey Crawford’s left shoulder, hit the glass behind the net, bounced back down off the top of net, and landed in front of the crease, where Patrice Bergeron chipped it into the back of the net. Bergeron now has eight goals this postseason, while Chara records his 12th assist and Jaromir Jagr picks up his ninth.
LUCIC SCORES; HAWKS ANSWER: Milan Lucic spearheaded the Bruins’ Game 7 comeback against the Toronto Maple Leafs with a chip-in goal in front of the net. With his team down two late in the second period, Lucic delivered again. The B’s power forward picked up a Zdeno Chara rebound and chipped in a backhanded goal on the doorstep of Chicago’s net at 14:43. But just 49 seconds later, the Blackhawks responded with their fourth goal. Michael Frolik and Marcus Kruger broke out on a two-on-one. Tuukka Rask made a sprawling save to deny Kruger’s first attempt, but Kruger promptly picked up the rebound and tucked it in between Rask’s leg pad and the goal post.
BRUINS KILL 29TH STRAIGHT PENALTY: Just more than one minute after Patrick Kane put the Blackhawks up 3-1, the Bruins were called for too many men on the ice, giving Chicago an opportunity to continue building on its lead. The ‘Hawks generated a few scoring chances, namely one from Marian Hossa, who whipped a slap shot on net from 29 feet away. Tuukka Rask came through with a clutch kick-save, and the Bruins escaped the shorthanded situation unscathed. Boston has now killed off 29 consecutive penalties.
PATRICK KANE MAKES IT 3-1: Fewer than two minutes after Jonathan Toews potted his first goal of the series, teammate Patrick Kane got off the schneid as well. Michal Rozsival put a shot on net from the point, but with Toews and Bryan Bickell providing traffic in front, Tuukka Rask couldn’t get a handle on it. Bickell put a rebound shot on net that was blocked across the ice. The puck slid over to Patrick Kane, who had a wide open net to score his seventh goal of the postseason.
TOEWS SCORES; CHICAGO TAKES 2-1 LEAD: Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews had gone without a point in the first three games of the Stanley Cup Finals, but he delivered a go-ahead goal at 6:33. Defenseman Michal Rozsival put a wrist shot on net from the high slot that connected with Toew’s stick right beside Tuukka Rask’s left leg pad. Despite a fine effort from Rask, he couldn’t slide over in time to stop the redirection. Toews notches his 60th career playoff point with this goal.
HAWKS KILL B’S POWER PLAY: Once the 4-on-4 time carried over from the first period concluded, the Bruins got a bit of power play time and a chance to take the lead. They almost did just that when Dennis Seidenberg got a shot from the point on net. Milan Lucic provided traffic in front of Corey Crawford, and the rebound fell right on the doorstep of the crease, where Nathan Horton was able to get a stick on it but couldn’t settle it enough to tuck into the net. The Bruins are now 1-for-3 on the power play tonight.
9:12 - First Period Snapshots: BOS 1, CHI 1
BRUINS, HAWKS TIED AT 1-1: The first 20 minutes of play are in the books at TD Garden, and the Bruins and Blackhawks are knotted up at 1-1. Chicago came out of the gate firing on all cylinders, jumping out to a 1-0 lead on the scoreboard and 8-2 advantage in the shots department. After surrendering a shorthanded goal to Michal Handzus just fewer than seven minutes into the game, the Bruins power play redeemed itself with a game-tying goal from Rich Peverley. The B’s and ‘Hawks have already racked up 12 penalty minutes after amassing 32 in Game 3.
HORTON, KEITH SENT TO THE BOX: Nathan Horton was sent to the penalty box at 18:16 for slashing, giving the Blackhawks’ power play its first opportunity of the night. But only 42 seconds later, Rich Peverley drew a tripping penalty from Duncan Keith, setting up 1:28 of four-on-four hockey. Both teams will remain at four-on-four for the start of the second period.
PEVERLEY KNOTS IT UP AT 1-1: Three players were sent to the penalty box at 12:45. Duncan Keith was the first culprit, getting whistled for hooking on Chris Kelly. Just as Andrew Shaw touched the puck up to stop play and Kelly delivered a huge hit along the boards, which ignited a scrum and some punches from both sides. Kelly and Shaw drew offsetting roughing minors, while Keith went for hooking. Back on the power play for the second time tonight, the Bruins immediately elevated their game. Torey Krug fired three shots from the point—including one that rattled the post—but it was Rich Peverley who found the back of the net. Blackhawks winger Brandon Saad tried to clear the puck out Chicago’s zone from behind its net, but Andrew Ference made a great play to keep the puck in at the point. Moments later, Rich Peverley picked up a loose puck and whipped it past Corey Crawford for his second goal of the postseason at 14:43. This is the Bruins’ 10th power play goal of the playoffs, and its second against the Blackhawks’ second-ranked penalty kill.
BLACKHAWKS TESTING TUUKKA: Midway through the first period, the Blackhawks are outshooting the Bruins by an 8-2 mark. This puts them on track for 46 shots, which would be the second highest total Tuukka Rask has seen in regulation this postseason. In games when Rask has faced more than 40 shots (Game 3 and 4 vs. TOR, Game 1 vs. CHI), he is 2-1.
HANDZUS SCORES A SHORTY: Blackhawks blue liner Johnny Oduya was handed the first penalty of the night at 5:18 for interfering with Tyler Seguin while in pursuit of the puck. Chicago’s second-ranked penalty kill played aggressively against Boston’s power play and it paid off in a big way. Brandon Saad stole the puck from Tyler Seguin as the B’s prepared to set up in the offensive zone. Saad fed Michal Handzus, who beat Tuukka Rask with a diving snapshot from 14 feet out in the right faceoff circle to put the ‘Hawks up 1-0. This is Chicago’s second shorthanded goal of the postseason.
MARIAN HOSSA RETURNS: Chicago Blackhawks leading postseason scorer Marian Hossa is back in the lineup after getting scratched just prior to puck drop on Monday night. Per line rushes, Michal Handzus will center Hossa and power forward Bryan Bickell. Meanwhile, the Bruins are not expected to make any changes to their lineup, meaning the red-hot Paille-Kelly-Seguin line will skate together for the third consecutive game.
7:55 p.m. - Pregame Snapshots: BOS VS. CHI
Rask (14-5, 1.64 GAA, .946 Save %) vs. Crawford (13-7, 1.73 GAA, .936 Save %). Rask is 21-11 with a 2.02 GAA and .933 Save % with three shutouts in 32 career postseason games. Crawford is 18-15 with a 2.00 GAA and .926 Save % with two shutouts in 34 career postseason games.BRUINS FAN BANNER CAPTAIN:
The Bruins Fan Banner has been passed around the loge section of TD Garden before playoff games since the 2009 postseason. In 2011, Honorary Captains were introduced and have traditionally featured prominent Bruins alumni. This year, the Fan Banner Captains will feature a ‘Boston Strong’ theme with individuals chosen from in and around the Boston area. Tonight’s Fan Banner Captain is Marc Fucarile, who was injured at the Boston Marathon. Marc was the last of 31 patients injured at the Marathon to be released from Massachusetts General Hospital and gave the following statement:
“I and my entire family would like to thank the Boston community for all the prayers, love and support they have given us these past few months. We also want to thank all the first responders and medical staffs at Mass General and Spaulding Rehab for all they have done for us. While I still have a long road ahead of me, I continue to work hard at my therapy and hope to be home soon celebrating another Bruins Cup! Thank you to the Bruins ownership, organization and the players for this once in a lifetime chance to wave the flag for the team I love with my son and fiancé. Go Bruins!” Those who wish to help Marc in his recovery can visit: http://www.gofundme.com/marcfucarile.
Below is a recap of the Fan Banner Captains thus far this postseason:
TOR, Game 1: Todd Brown, Sean Tierney, Eric Gahagan and Ariane Thibodeau (Bomb Technicians from the Boston area)
TOR, Game 2: Jeff Bauman (Helped authorities identify the suspects after the Boston Marathon events, despite being injured)
TOR, Game 5: Carlos Arredondo (Came to aid of Jeff Bauman and others injured at the Boston Marathon)
TOR, Game 7: Jarrod Clowery (Bruins fan injured at the Boston Marathon)
NYR, Game 1: Adrianne Haslet-Davis (Despite being injured at the Boston Marathon, vows to dance and run again)
NYR, Game 2: Chris Dumont (Mass. State Police officer who came to the aid of Transit Police Officer Richard Donohue)
NYR, Game 5: J.P. and Paul Norden (Bruins fans from Stoneham, MA who were injured at the Boston Marathon events)
PIT, Game 3: Richard Donohue (Transit Police Officer who was in a firefight with the bombing suspects from the Marathon)
PIT, Game 4: William and Patricia Campbell (Their daughter Krystle passed away at the Boston Marathon events)
CHI, Game 3, Rob Rogers, Jenn Rogers and Jennifer Lemmerman (Siblings of Sean Collier, who passed away defending the City of Boston)BRUINS VS BLACKHAWKS LIFETIME:
The Bruins and Blackhawks are squaring off in the postseason for the seventh time—first in the Stanley Cup Finals—with Boston holding a 5-1 lifetime series record. These teams have played 25 postseason games with Boston holding an 18-6-1 advantage and a 104-68 scoring edge. The Bruins are 10-3-1 lifetime vs. the Blackhawks in Boston and 8-3 lifetime in Chicago in the playoffs.MILESTONES APPROACHING:
Bruins forward Jaromir Jagr is expected to appear in his 200th career playoff game tonight, which will make him the 19th player in NHL history to reach that milestone.STREAKING
: Tyler Seguin enters Game 4 riding a three-game point streak having registered three assists during that span, including an assist on Daniel Paille’s game-winning overtime goal in Game 2 and regulation game-winner Game 3…The Bruins PK unit has killed off 27 straight penalties coming into tonight (one vs. NYR, 15 vs. PIT and 11 vs. CHI).BERGERON HOT ON THE DOT:
2013 Selke Trophy finalist Patrice Bergeron, who led the NHL in the regular season in faceoff percentage (62.1%), won 24 out of 28 draws (85.7%) in Game 3 against Chicago. So far this series against the Blackhawks, Bergeron has won 66-of-96 faceoffs (68.75%) and currently leads all postseason skaters winning puck drops at a 62.7% clip (276/440). Only once has Bergeron registered a faceoff percentage below 50% this postseason, coming against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 3 (13/45, 37.1%).PAILLE-KELLY-SEGUIN LINE SHINES:
The line composed of Daniel Paille, Chris Kelly and Tyler Seguin has been hot for the Bruins, combining for eight points (3-5=8) over their last three games. Paille has scored the previous two game-winners with Seguin factoring in with an assist on both goals and Kelly chipping in on Paille’s Game 3 goal. Kelly also found the back of the net for the first time this postseason in Game 2 at the United Center. BLACKHAWKS NOTEBOOK:
Marian Hossa (7-8=15), Patrick Kane (6-9=15) and Patrick Sharp (9-6=15) lead the Blackhawks in scoring thus far in the 2013 playoffs with 15 points apiece… Sharp is currently tied for the lead league with nine goals this postseason… Johnny Oduya ranks third in the NHL in blocked shots with 41… Chicago goaltender Corey Crawford ranks second in the NHL with a 1.73 postseason GAA and ranks second in save percentage at .936… On June 14, Chicago forward Jonathan Toews was named the 2013 Selke Trophy winner… The Blackhawks captured the Presidents’ Trophy after posting a 36-7-5 regular season record, which set an NHL record for most points in a 48-game season.SPECIAL TEAMS:
Bruins power play: 9-for-54 (16.7%, 9th NHL), Bruins penalty kill: 56-for-63 (88.9%, 4th NHL)… Blackhawks power play: 7-for-62 (11.3%, 13th NHL), Blackhawks penalty kill: 62-for-67 (92.5%, 2nd NHL).