Blackhawks even series with OT victory
BOSTON — Brent Seabrook's goal 9:51 into overtime lifted the Chicago Blackhawks to a wild 6-5 victory over the Boston Bruins on Wednesday night and tied the Stanley Cup Final, 2-2.
Seabrook fired a 45-foot shot past Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask to end Game 4 and send the series back to Chicago tied, 2-2.
“One of things we have talked about, get pucks to the net,” said Seabrook, a defenseman who also had the overtime goal in Game 7 of the Western Conference semifinals. “I just tried getting it on net, we had a great screen in front. ... It just found a way.”
Seabrook also scored the overtime goal in Game 7 of the Western Conference semifinals to eliminate the Detroit Red Wings.
Only 12 total goals were scored in the first three games before the teams combined for 11 on Wednesday night.
Game 5 of the best-of-seven series is Saturday night.
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.
Boston grabbed the series lead Monday night, 2-0, behind Rask's third shutout of the postseason.
Seabrook's shot from the right went to the far side of Rask, who appeared to be screened.
Trailing 4-3 after the second period, the Bruins tied it on Patrice Bergeron's second goal of the game at 2:05 of the third period.
Patrick Sharp gave Chicago a 5-4 lead at 11:19 of the third period with the Blackhawks' first power-play goal in 30 chances, but Boston came right back to tie it 55 seconds later on Johnny Boychuk's hard 40-foot shot.
All five Bruins goals were to the glove side of goalie Corey Crawford.
Jonathan Toews broke his scoring slump in Chicago's three-goal onslaught in the second period against Rask.
“Both teams are so great defensively. Both have great goalies,” Seabrook said. “I don't know; it was one of those games. They got some goals on the power play, we got some bounces. It was nice to get some past Tuukka.”
In an unusually wide-open game, the teams combined for five goals in the second period after the first ended in a 1-1 tie on goals by Chicago's Michal Handzus and Boston's Rich Peverley.
Patrick Kane and Marcus Kruger also scored for Chicago in the second. Milan Lucic and Bergeron countered for Boston.
Rask posted his third shutout of the postseason in Game 3 and began Game 4 with a shutout streak of 122 minutes, 26 seconds.
That ended at 129:14 when Handzus scored a short-handed goal at 6:48 of the first period.