BOSTON BARNBURNER: Blackhawks 6, Bruins 5



Game 4 is the real bitch of a best-of-seven. It means you've either got a tied series, or one team is fucked. The Chicago Blackhawks used Game 4 in the first and third rounds of this year's Stanley Cup Playoffs to take a stranglehold in those series, wrapped around fucking themselves good and proper in the second round. Fortunately, they managed to unfuck themselves just as properly, and here we are. How did it go?

Well, everyone who was writing about the Hawks giving up, tucking under and throwing in the towel? Second dumbest thing I heard all week, after Patrice Bergeron's inspired play was being driven by his not winning the coveted Selke Trophy. Because the Stanley Cup is a mere kettle of fish next to the Selke. But all the reports of the Blackhawks' death were greatly exaggerated, as Brent Seabrook added the last of a half dozen biscuits in the basket  to give the Hawks a 6-5 win in overtime, evening the Stanley Cup final at two games apiece.

Both teams threw haymakers all night, resulting in 11 goals for the night after three games of stingy defense. So of course it has to go to overtime for the third time in four games, because how can you have a game like this without making sure the last goal wins?

Let's get to this...

THE GOOD:

The reunion of Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane. This needs to continue being a thing. The much-ballyhooed goal drought of Toews came to an end in the second period, and Kane banged one in as well. This is shocking, but the Hawks are actually better when the stars are the stars. Who knew?

Michal Roszival. He was everywhere tonight. 
 
Taking care of business, yet again. They needed a split in Boston, and got it. Now you've got a best-of-three series with two on Madison Street. And it looks like we're going to need every damn second to sort this out.

Michael Frolik and Marcus Kruger. These two have been playing damn good hockey all through the postseason, and they combined on one sweet goal when Kruger stayed with the puck after his intial shot to tap it past Tuukka Rask. 

The return of Marian Hossa. Don't get me wrong, I love me some Ben Smith - I think he'll be a substantial upgrade over Viktor Stalberg next season - but having Hossa in the lineup and Smith on an excercise bike makes the Hawks a better team.

THE BAD:

Dumb penalties. Twice the Bruins scored power play goals on careless penalties by the Blackhawks. Both of these teams have had power plays that have been downright icky, but there is too much talent on both sides to expect this to continue. Hell, even the Hawks had a power play goal.

Corey Crawford's glove hand. I think John Scott could have scored high glove on Crow tonight. Don't get me wrong, he's one of the main reasons I haven't done a draft preview yet. But boy howdy, he couldn't catch a cold by the end of the night.

Anybody seen Nick Leddy?


THE UGLY:

Look, far be it from me to be a wet blanket for a crowd having fun at a hockey game. But when both goalies are getting shelled, taunting the visitors' netminder just makes you look like a bunch of nitwits. I think both goalies' Conn Smythe credentials took a ding tonight.

But hell, here we are. Two puppies left.

 

And time for our victory song...


 

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