UHS COACH NYE TALKS PLAYOFF HOCKEY WITH JEFF SCHNEBERK
Hawks get important win in Game 4
BY Jeff Schneberk
We haven’t seen anything like this since the Toronto/Boston series which was almost 6 weeks ago.
The scoring came fast and furious during the 2nd and 3rd periods as the 2 teams combined for 11 goals in the highest scoring output in the Stanley Cup Finals since 2010.
Brent Seabrook and the Chicago Blackhawks showed their playoff experience as they grabbed a crucial 6-5 OT win at the TD Garden in Boston tonight (Wednesday) in front of a stunned crowd in Boston.
Seabrook’s goal 9:51 into overtime lifted the Blackhawks to a wild 6-5 victory over the Bruins on Wednesday night and tied the Stanley Cup finals through four games.
The winner came off a 45-foot shot past Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask to end Game 4 and send the series back to Chicago tied 2-2. It also ended a wild night of shabby goaltending, neither goaltender able to make those timely stops essential to winning the Stanley Cup.
“It was a big shot by Seabsy (Seabrook),” offered team captain Jonathan Toews following the win.
Toews added that the team is actually starting to get better and better each night out and this OT win was yet more proof of that.
“I think as a team we’ve been talking about that we want to get better and better and get in his way (Rask), as long as it goes in.”
CBC’s Don Cherry weighed in on the player injury situation at the crucial point of the season.
“I think he’s hurting a bit but he’s got the heart of a lion,” he said of Seabrook.
“The hero of heroes, lets a zinger go, what a hockey player he is!”
Wednesday night’s game was the 3rd of the series that needed OT; the opener needed three periods of OT. Wednesday’s showing was the worst goaltending performance by either team in this year’s post season.
Chicago has now won both of their games in extra time; Toews said the work is coming through, transferring over from the power play, to playing even strength.
“I think the power play goes hand in hand with the way we play 5 on 5, we did all of those little things. Credit them (Boston), they always found a way to get back in the game.”
Now the biggest challenge will be for the Hawks to find a way to keep the scoring coming at a similar pace when the scene shifts to the United Centre on Saturday night.
“Want to carry that momentum going back to Chicago. If we earn those scoring chances they are going to go in.”
It was the third overtime game of the series. The Blackhawks won the opener 4-3 in three overtimes, and the Bruins won 2-1 in the first overtime period in Game 2.
The NHL contest was also the 2nd straight sports event to feature some of the most back and forth action we’ve witnessed all playoff long. The NBA on Tuesday night featuring Miami force a Game 7, and tonight Chicago sneaks past Boston to even up their best-of-seven NHL finals series at 2-2.
Also interesting to note is the Bruins’ 7-game win streak on home ice has now been snapped.
Game 5 goes Saturday night at the United Centre.