The game started a little bizarre for the Bruins when in the first period, Tyler Seguin was able to draw the penalty that put the Bs on the PowerPlay, but he then turned the puck over in his defensive zone not long after to allow Michael Handzus score a shorthanded goal. This was the second shorty that the Bruins allowed this postseason as Toronto Maple Leafs forward Tyler Bozak was able to score on the PK against the Bruins in the first round. Rich Peverley was able to wrist the puck past Corey Crawford’s glove side to tie the game at 1 in the first period.
Tonight was the finals breakout game for Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane. I’ve been writing all series that they will eventually make a big impact on the offense and they did just that by scoring consecutive goals less than two minutes apart to open up the second period. Toews only had one playoff goal before last night but the former Conn Smythe winner is always a threat as he beautifully executed a tip off a blast from Michal Rozsival. Kane notched his seventh goal of the postseason to extend the Blackhawks’ lead to two but the night had only just begun.
The Bruins were able to find a weakness in Corey Crawford as they scored all five goals to his glove side. The level of difficulty for almost all of the goals was not at the level where only goaltending legends could make the saves. Crawford exposed a major weakness in his game, as it wouldn’t be shocking to see the Bruins go after his glove in games 5 & 6.
This was the third game of the series to go into overtime, which is tied second all time for a Stanley Cup Finals series. Just about halfway through the first OT period, the Bruins once again showed poor defensive play as Brent Seabrook scored his second overtime goal this postseason and knotted the series at two games apiece.
In game 5 each team has things they need to correct. For Chicago, they need to play better defensively and not allow the Bruins to develop plays as much as they do in the offensive zone. Also, Corey Crawford needs some work on his glove side in order to maintain his starting job between the pipes. The Bruins need to work one their defense in many ways. They are executing bad pinches and are letting Chicago get the puck on net WAY too much. They also need to shoot the puck with a little more urgency when in the offensive zone as they sometimes are able to pass the puck around without generating a shot. Game 6 will begin at 8:00 PM ET in Chicago.