Tuukka Rask and Corey Crawford must have blistering sunburns from the red lights flashing, signaling the 11 goals that passed the crease on Wednesday night. The wild ride that Game 4 brought to fans both raised concerns for the lack of defense, but also relinquished any nerves about the offense’s strength.
Game 4 exposed clutch players, such as Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk who again did not cease to amaze Boston fans, releasing a bullet from the point to bring the game into overtime and tallying a sixth goal for himself in the postseason. And veteran Blackhawk forward, Patrick Sharp delivered a goal to push himself into first place for goals in the 2013 postseason. Who will come in the clutch for Game 5?
Chicago, with home ice under their skates, will come out in Game 5 stronger, more physical than the Bruins, and most importantly, with the momentum. If the Bruins want to take the lead back, they’ll need Rask to be on his ‘A’ game all night.
The Bruins and Blackhawks are now back to even strength (record-wise). Who will be able to edge their team one more win closer to hoisting Lord Stanley’s cup?
As Game 5 approaches, both teams will rest as much as possible. Approximately 310 minutes have been needed to decide the past four games. In perspective, without overtimes, 240 minutes would have only been needed.
The Bruins have many advantages heading into Saturday, but their arising and evident disadvantages will be the downfall of them in Game 5. While Tuukka Rask has shown his dominance on the ice in the postseason, last night brought a large worry to Boston fans.
- David Krejci now has 24 points in 20 games played in the postseason. Krejci has tallied 3 points in the Stanley Cup Finals. He had 33 points in 47 games played during the regular season.
- Nathan Horton has a plus/minus of +23 in the postseason.
- Johnny Boychuk has added six goals in the postseason, tying his total points column of the regular season.
- Tuukka Rask will go into his 21st game of the 2013 postseason with a 1.83 GAA.
- Tuukka Rask allowed five goals in the first three games of the Stanley Cup Series, yet gave up six in Game 4. Going into Game 5 Coach Claude Julien and the Bruins may cast their regards towards their net-minder.
- Tyler Seguin enters his 21st 2013 postseason game with a mere one goal and an awfully low shooting percentage of 1.5%. He concluded the regular season with 16 goals with a 9.9% shooting percentage.
With the major disadvantages the Bruins carry into Game 5, I believe the Blackhawks, being home in Chicago, will take the lead in the series after Saturday. The Hawks offense finally showed why they were so successful during the season and how they have carried it all the way into the Stanley Cup Finals. Typically game-changing players, Patrick Kane and Jonathon Toews were silent early in the series, but were able to break through their shells in Game 4.
Game 5 might force the Bruins to bring home a third lose in the series, but it will not cloud their vision of elevating the Stanley Cup with the utmost accomplished faces as they did in 2011.