Ten different goalscorers. Big tallies in all situations by team leaders (Kane, Toews, Bergeron, Lucic) and depth players alike (Kruger, Boychuk). Wide-open play and end-to-end action. And, once more, extra hockey, as the game reached overtime for the third time in the Stanley Cup Final. Game 4 had it all, including an underrated storyline: another group effort by Blackhawks blueliners, including Michal Rozsival, who was double-shifted all night; Duncan Keith, whose ice time surpassed 30 minutes for the fourth time in five games; and Brent Seabrook, whose second overtime game-winner of the postseason set a team mark.
Every week, the Blackhawks Blog will feature fan tweets that reply to our official Twitter account @NHLBlackhawks mixed in with the tweets from some Blackhawks themselves! Send us your thoughts on the Blackhawks’ players, games and more, and you could be a contributor to our next Tweet Sheet.
Since 2010, the Blackhawks' chosen recreational activity on the road has been Mario Kart, the multi-player racing game featuring characters from the Mario franchise. It's a way for players to decompress and bond in between high-intensity games, allowing them to show their competitive spirit in another arena. That got the Blog wondering: Which video game character would each Blackhawks player be? Here are the results of the informal, highly unscientific poll:
While this is only the seventh time in Blackhawks history that they have faced off in the playoffs against Boston, it all started in 1926-27 when Chicago joined the NHL.
The Bruins won that first series in two games based on total goals (10-5). In 1938, when the Hawks won their second Stanley Cup despite a losing record, Boston had the best regular-season record, but lost in the semis to New York. The Bruins won the Cup in 1939 and established an NHL record with 74 points in 48 games, which was broken this season by the Blackhawks, who collected 77 points.
If you need extra time to recover after Wednesday's marathon Game 1, don't worry, so did we. One day removed from the Blackhawks' 4-3 win over the Boston Bruins in triple overtime, and there's still plenty to talk about, including Chicago's depth once again coming through as Brandon Saad and Dave Bolland tallied their first goals of the playoffs (and not a moment too soon!), as well as the home team's domination in the shot attempt department, with just about everybody getting pucks through on Tuukka Rask. Bonus: Jaromir Jagr's longevity on display.
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The day before the Blackhawks Game 7 OT victory against the Detroit Red Wings, Mick Jagger presented the crowd with his very own personalized Blackhawks jersey. The 69-year-old rocker told the crowd, “I hope they win!”
The Blackhawks and Bruins have both enjoyed recent success in the postseason, but have never met in a Stanley Cup Final until now. Chicago and Boston didn't cross paths during the regular season, but the two teams have forged similar paths to get to this point: The Bruins weathered a seven-game bout in the first round against Toronto, coming within 3 minutes of blowing a 3-1 series lead to their heated rivals, while the Blackhawks had to claw back from a 3-1 deficit of their own against Detroit in the second round. The squads also share potent offenses, stifling defenses, and two starting goalies playing at the top of their game. Below, the Blackhawks Blog takes a look at how Chicago and Boston match up in other areas.
Each week, the Blackhawks Blog will give you five stats you need to know about the Blackhawks this season.
1. Twenty-two of Marian Hossa’s 43 career playoff tallies (51.2%) have been go-ahead goals.
No. 81’s game-winning goal in the third period of Game 4 was his seventh goal of the postseason. Hossa has seven points (3G, 4A) in his last seven games.
There were several clutch performances that led to Thursday night's 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings. Worthy of mention: Bryan Bickell netting his eighth goal of the playoffs, Patrick Kane getting on the scoresheet for the first time in the series (with Bickell contributing an assist), and the Slovak connection coming through on the game-winner, with Michal Handzus finding Marian Hossa for a one-timer. But a crucial part of the Blackhawks' success in Game 4 was the team's depth—and strength—on defense, as Head Coach Joel Quenneville needed big games from his blueliners to make up for the one-game absence of Duncan Keith due to suspension. In came Sheldon Brookbank, who logged 6:20 in his first action since the end of the regular season, but it was Niklas Hjalmarsson, Michal Rozsival and Johnny Oduya who faced down the Kings' toughest customers all night. Below, the Blackhawks Blog compared the trio's ice time from the last two games:
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