Chicago Wins Wild Game 4 Over Boston With Overtime Blast

Eleven goals later, it was the Stanley Cup Final game that finally ended, and the Blackhawks tie up the series at 2-2.

1. Bruins anthem singer Rene Rancourt was extra-special pumped after his rendition before Game 4. His enthusiasm would not go unrewarded.

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2. Michal Handzus’ shorthanded score put the Blackhawks up 1-0 early. There would be more scoring. Much more.

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3. Rich Peverley’s power-play score tied it up before the end of the first period. (Note how he scored glove-side on Corey Crawford. This will be a recurring theme.)

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4. Jonathan Toews gave Chicago its second lead at 2-1 with this blast from the point 6:33 into the second.

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5. And two minutes later, Patrick Kane scored his seventh of the playoffs off this carom in front of the crease.

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6. But Milan Lucic got that one back with this backhand score, and it was 3-2 Chicago. (Again: Glove-side on Crawford. Remember that.)

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7. But Marcus Kruger didn’t like his team being ahead by only one, so he tapped in this rebound a minute later. A 4-2 Chicago lead that seemed … safe? Nah.

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8. Enter Patrice Bergeron, who knocked this puck off the glass in and past Crawford with two minutes to go in the second …

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9. … and he scored again, two minutes into the third period. Tie game, 4-4, and all four Boston goals had come on Crawford’s (you guessed it) glove-side.

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10. The ninth goal of the game, from Chicago’s Patrick Sharp, was perhaps the most captivating. Goal cam bull’s-eye? You bet.

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11. But with 7:46 to play in regulation, Johnny Boychuk tied it at 5 with this blast from the point. (We don’t even need to say on what side Crawford allowed the score. You know.)

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12. Just under 10 minutes into overtime, defenseman Brent Seabrook won the game for Chicago with this bullet from the point, going stick-side on Tuukka Rask.

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13. Rask may have been screened by a couple of his teammates, but it looked like a doable save. Fortunately for Chicago, he couldn’t quite react in time.

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14. Here’s video of the entire OT sequence that tied up this series at two games apiece.

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15. Game 5 is Saturday night in Chicago. With three overtime games in the series so far, expect more fireworks before someone claims the Cup.

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