The Chicago Blackhawks came into Game 4 of the Stanley Cup trying to play catchup with the Boston Bruins. After winning the first game of the series which happened to be a marathon of a win, the Blackhawks quickly dropped their next two has they ran right into the stout and unstoppable glove of Tuukka Rask. But while both Rask and Blackhawks netminder Corey Crawford have been otherwise decent in the series, Game 4 couldn’t have been a bigger departure from the elite goaltending we’d seen thus far as both netminders were lit up by their opposing offenses.
Both Rask and Crawford allowed ten goals total in regulation and 11 altogether when the night was over. While many people were getting on Corey Crawford’s case, the five goal meltdown by Tuukka Rask was extremely out of character for him and may be something Bruins fans should worry about moving forward.
That being said, the Boston offense came out hard in Game 4 and answered back every single Blackhawks goal including tying the game in the third period just under a minute after the the Blackhawks took what they thought would be the game winning goal.
We needed overtime for the third time in four games in the Stanley Cup but it was an old west style shootout between the Blackhawks and Bruins which was the last thing we thought we’d seen given the netminders involved.
One thing we should have expected though was the extra period and Brent Seabrook ended thing with a huge goal to even the series.
Things now head back to Chicago tied 2-2 and with the Blackhawks potentially harnessing all of the momentum in the series. But it has been said that if these two teams played 100 games each of them would win 50 and so far that’s held true. We’ve seen just about everything we expected to see including things that have come as a complete surprise, like 11 goals being scored in a single game.
We couldn’t have asked for a more entertaining Stanley Cup so far and everything we’ve seen suggests we’re in for one heck of a ride to the finish line.