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Final: Blackhawks 6, Bruins 5 (OT)

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff  June 19, 2013 08:00 PM

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At 9:51 of overtime, Brent Seabrook sent a half-slapper through traffic that beat Tuukka Rask far side, giving the Blackhawks a 6-5 win. The series is tied at 2-2.

Game 5 is on Saturday at the United Center in Chicago. The Blackhawks have home-ice advantage again.

End of regulation: 5-5: The Bruins and Blackhawks traded goals throughout 60 minutes to send the game into overtime, 5-5. It was the third time they went to overtime in four games.

The Bruins, down 4-3 to start the third, evened the score at 2:05 when Patrice Bergeron scored his second goal of the night.

Chicago pulled ahead when Patrick Sharp scored on the power play at 11:19. But 55 seconds later, Johnny Boychuk smoked a rocket glove side on Corey Crawford to make it a 5-5 game.

End of second period: Blackhawks, 4-3: The second period featured an offensive breakout from both clubs. At 6:33, Jonathan Toews tipped a Michael Rozsival blast past Tuukka Rask to snap a 1-1 tie. It was Toews’s first goal of the series.

The Blackhawks pulled ahead by two goals at 8:41. Chicago caught the Bruins scrambling. Rask stopped Bryan Bickell’s shot. But Rask couldn’t reposition himself to dive in front of Patrick Kane’s followup shot. It was Kane’s first goal in four games. Coach Claude Julien called his timeout after Kane’s goal.

The Bruins started their rally at 14:43. Corey Crawford got a piece of Zdeno Chara’s point shot. The rebound went to Milan Lucic, who was stationed in front. Lucic slammed the puck home to make it a 3-2 game.

But the Blackhawks answered within 49 seconds. Marcus Kruger and Michael Frolik broke out for a two-on-one rush against Chara. Rask stopped Kruger’s backhand shot with his left pad. But Kruger followed the rebound and tucked the puck in to give Chicago a 4-2 lead.

The Bruins took advantage of a fortunate bounce to make it a 4-3 game. On the power play, Chara ripped a shot over the net. The puck thudded off the glass, bounced off the top of the net, and tumbled into the crease. Before Crawford knew what happened, Patrice Bergeron knocked in the puck at 17:22.

End of first period: 1-1: Both teams scored a goal apiece in the first period. The Blackhawks struck first with a shorthanded goal. While Johnny Oduya was in the box for interference, Chicago got on the scoreboard. Brandon Saad stripped Tyler Seguin just inside the Boston zone.

Zdeno Chara got back to play Saad. But Michal Handzus had a step on Patrice Bergeron. Before Bergeron could catch up, Handzus took a saucer pass from Saad and beat Tuukka Rask at 6:18.

The Bruins evened the score with a power-play goal. Duncan Keith was called for hooking to give the Bruins the power play. Handzus won a defensive-zone draw against Rich Peverley. Niklas Hjalmarsson rimmed the puck behind his net to Saad. The forward didn’t put enough muscle behind his clear, which was intercepted by Andrew Ference. Saad recovered to block Ference’s shot. But Saad couldn’t clear the rebound. Peverley found the loose puck and snapped a shot past Corey Crawford at 14:43 to make it a 1-1 game.

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