With the series tied, 2-2, it's safe to say that the feeling-out process between the Blackhawks and Bruins is officially over. Each team has played and split two games on its home ice. We've seen four overtimes, a shutout, and a shootout. As the series turns into a best-of-three, it becomes harder and harder to envision any surprises.
Skaters from both teams seemed to figure out the goaltenders in Game 4, which was a change from the previous three games in which Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask was relatively dominant. It wasn't all Rask's fault. The Bruins allowed far too many juicy rebounds, and the game turned into something of a track meet. Do the Bruins need to play a more conservative, defensive style in Game 5? We should have a better idea of their philosophy on that by the way they come out in the first period Saturday night.
Links from Chicago
The Chicago Tribune says it's a Stanley Cup for the ages.
Hawks captain Brent Seabrook, who scored the game-winner Wednesday, is also a vocal leader.
The Chicago Sun-Times writes that the Blackhawks are no longer avoiding Zdeno Chara.
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In the latest episode of Globe 10.0, Kevin Paul Dupont and Steve Silva ask, "Do the Bruins need to be more defensive?"
Eric Wilbur says that even when playing a bad game, the Bruins are still pretty good.
Chad Finn writes that this thing is going seven.
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Steve Silva will produce a Championship Today video after the Bruins meet the media in Chicago this afternoon, and that will be a Game 5 preview. Look for it in the late afternoon.
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All the latest news from both teams as the series shifts back to Chicago.