3 KEYS: Blackhawks vs. Bruins - Game 4
BY ADAM L. JAHNS email@example.com June 19, 2013 11:32PM
Updated: June 20, 2013 11:14AM
1. THE FIRST LINE
Coach Joel Quenneville probably waited too long to put Bryan Bickell and Patrick Kane back on a line with Jonathan Toews, considering how they played against the Bruins in Game 4. Toews and Kane scored just over two minutes apart for a 3-1 lead in the second period, and the line helped produce the game-winning goal in overtime by getting after Tuukka Rask. The trio combined for two goals, three assists and a plus-7 rating.
2. THE GLOVE SIDE
Hawks goalie Corey Crawford had a tough outing as the Bruins stayed after his glove side. Three of their goals were arguably on Crawford — Rich Peverley’s power-play goal at 14:43 in the first period, Patrice Bergeron’s long game-tying score 2:05 into third and Johnny Boychuk’s tying blast less than a minute after the Hawks took a 5-4 lead. Peverley’s came after Brandon Saad fell and lost the puck, but Crawford had a clear look at it. Bergeron and Boychuk both scored on long, non-redirected shots.
3. The Power play
The Hawks finally scored a power-play goal in the Final. Patrick Sharp scored at 11:19 in the third period moments after their two-man advantage turned into a 5-on-4. It gave the Hawks a 5-4 lead. If anything, it was a sign that desperation has returned to their power play after looking absolutely awful the first three games of the series.
Adam L. Jahns