Game 4 was primed for exciting television. The series had been building to a game like this, and after being shutout 2-0 in Game 3, the Blackhawks fought back with a valuable lesson: No one puts baby in the corner.
The first period of this game was, for lack of a better word, eventful. Sure 2 goals were scored, but it also saw 12 minutes of penalty time being wracked up with the Boston Powerplay seeing all the success, just not always for Boston. Under 7 minutes in Michal Handzus takes a Brandon Saad feed and rips home a shorthanded goal, adding a little bit of stunned silence to the Boston crowd. Under 10 minutes later the Boston Power Play would strike again, this time for their own benefit. Rich Peverley would sneak home a goal under Corey Crawfords arms and this game is tied at 1 heading into the second.
At almost the same time as the goal in the first period, Michal Rozsival this time would rip a shot on net. This time it was tipped in by the most serious man of them all, Jonathan Toews who puts home just his second of the playoffs, and it’s 2-1 Hawks. 2 Minutes later that line would keep ticking with Patrick Kane scoring and all the sudden a close game is beginning to slip away for Boston.
In an excellent display of trading goals, Milan Lucic would get the ball rolling just shy of the 15 minute mark potting a backhanded rebound, drawing the Bruins to within one. Marcus Kruger didn’t think this was a good strategy however and scores to give the Hawks back their 2 goal lead a minute later. After a penalty call, and 2 minutes after the Kruger goal Patrice Bergeron goes to work taking rebounds wherever he can get this and this game is 4-3 Hawks. Despite a pressured filled final minutes the score would stay that way until the third.
Early in the third period, Bergeron decides he likes even numbers. Taking a feed in the open high slot, Bergeron snipes a shot to tie the game. Proving that if you “Keep Calm and Bergeron” good things happen. Just over the halfway point of the period Patrick Sharp gets involved on the powerplay making this a 5-4 game, in the Stanley Cup finals where high scoring games are an everyday occurrence. 55 seconds later Johnny Boychuk would tie it up at 5 and that was all she wrote for regulation time.
Despite some early chances both way in Overtime, it was Chicago that would strike. With almost every player available crowding the front of the net Brent Seabrook wires a shot from the point that finds its way through the crowd and into the net. Hawks take this game 6-5 and tied the series at 2.