BOSTON (WGGB) — The Blackhawks beat the Boston Bruins 6 to 5 in overtime during game four of the Stanley Cup Series Wednesday night. The series is now tied at two wins each.
After 60 minutes of regulation in what can only be described as a back-and-forth game, the teams were knotted up at 5 goals each.
The Blackhawks struck first in Wednesday’s contest. With 30 seconds left in a Boston power play, Brandon Saad fed a pass to Michal Handzus, whose slapshot made it past Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask, giving Chicago a 1-0 lead with about 7 minutes left to play in the first period.
About two minutes later, Boston’s Rich Peverly got the puck past Chicago goalie Corey Crawford on a power play, tying the game at 1-1, which is where the scoring would stay heading into the first intermission.
In the second period, goals from Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane in the first half of the period increased Chicago’s lead to 3-1.
A goal by Boston’s Milan Lucic at 14:43 in the second trimmed that lead to 3-2, but the Blackhawks would quickly strike back. Less than a minute later, Marcus Kruger of Chicago got one past Rask, bringing the Blackhawks lead back two goals at 4-2.
Patrice Bergeron chipped a shot past Crawford a few minutes later to bring the deficit down to one goal, as the teams headed in the second intermission with Chicago up 4-3.
Onto the third period, where the back-and-forth flurry of activity continued.
Just over two minutes into the third, Bergeron struck again with his ninth goal of the playoffs, tying the game at 4-4.
Back then came the Blackhawks. With seconds ticking away on a Chicago 5-3 man advantage with Boston’s Jaromir Jagr and David Krejci both in the penalty box, Chicago’s Patrick Sharp chipped the puck into the net past Rask, giving the Blackhawks the lead again 5-4.
The Bruins would not go down without a fight. Less than one minute after Sharp’s goal, at 12:14 in the third, Johnny Boychuck rocketed a slapshot past Crawford’s glove side and tied the game at 5-5.
That’s where it would end at the conclusion of regulation. For the eighth time this playoff season, the Bruins were heading to overtime.
At 9:51 in the extra session, Chicago’s Brent Seabrook fired a slapshot past Rask’s stick side, giving the Blackhawks the 6-5 win over the B’s.
The teams head back to Chicago for Game 5 Saturday night with the series tied 2-2.