Barn Burner- Brent Seabrook’s goal at 9:51 of the first overtime period ended a wild night between the Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins in Game 4 of the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals. Seabrook’s goal gave Chicago a 6-5 win and enabled the Blackhawks to tie the series at 2-2 setting up Game 5 back in Chicago Saturday night. Where both goalies dominated Games two and three, Game 4 was anything but about goalie domination. Chicago snapped a five period scoring drought 6:48 into the first period on a short handed goal from former Shark Michal Handzus. Boston would atone for a power play gaff later in the first when Rich Peverly tied the game with a power play goal at 14:43. Both teams generated a fair amount of scoring chances throughout the first period which only served as a warming up act for the next two periods.
Both Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane, who have had surprisingly low point totals through this post season would each would break their slumps in the middle period. Toews and Kane scored goals just 2:08 apart starting at the 6:33 mark of the period, giving Chicago a 3-1 advantage almost halfway into the middle period. The scoring onslaught would continue later in the period as the teams combined for three goals in just over two and a half minutes with Milan Lucic, Patrice Bergeron and Marcus Kruger all lighting the lamp. When the second period was said and done it was the Blackhawks who found themselves ahead by a 4-3 count. Both goalies, Tuukka Rask for Boston and Corey Crawford for Chicago made some key saves but were both constantly under siege.
Bergeron would strike again for Boston just 2:05 into the third period as the Bruins would deadlock the game for the first time since the end of the first period. The Bruins though would later run into penalty trouble as two penalties to Jamair Jagr and David Krejci 1:07 apart would negate their own power play when Towes went the penalty box just 22 seconds before Jagr. The end result would be a brief five on three man advantage which was all Chicago would need as Patrick Sharp would score his 10th goal of the post season just before their two man advantage had expired. The 5-4 lead for Chicago did not last a minute of playing time as Johnny Boychuk tied the game for the Bruins just 55 seconds later forcing what would ultimately become the third overtime game of this Stanley Cup Finals.
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