Staring at the possibility of going down 3-1, Chicago dominated play early. They were laying big hits and getting bodies in front of Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask, very important considering what he accomplished Monday night (a shutout). It finally paid off when Michal Handzus scored shorthanded to give the Hawks their first lead since Game 1. Not to be outdone, Rich Peverley notched one on the power play to tie the game.
Then came the final 40 minutes. Both teams seemingly ditched their defensive identities for a more exciting run-and-gun style. It all began with Chicago twice beating Rask to take what looked like a commanding lead. However, likely remembering their Game 7 comeback against Toronto, Boston remained calm and stuck to their game plan. The results were good, as three goals (two in the middle frame) evened this game.
Neither Corey Crawford or Rask was on top of their game, but who cares? They did enough to give their respective team a chance, and with the offense converting on practically every single chance, that was enough to force extra time.
Once there, each team got numerous chances. But Brent Seabrook emerged as the hero, beating Rask glove-side to win the game and tie this series 2-2.
In a mainly low-scoring series, this night belonged to the offenses. From the second period on, they decided to give fans that stuck around through 2012’s lengthy lockout a show. The series now shifts back to Chicago for Game 5. While tonight’s game was a treat for those watching, don’t expect an encore. It’s just not in these teams’ DNA.