Player of the Game: Bruins-Blackhawks Game 4
On a night where the B’s had a chance to put a strangle hold on the series, the Chicago Blackhawks answered the bell stealing Game 4 in Boston 6-5 in overtime to regain home ice advantage.
If the Blackhawks are to recapture Lord Stanley’s Cup, players like Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, and Patrick Sharp will need to produce against Boston’s defense better than the likes of Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, James Neal and Kris Letang.
Last night, that is exactly what they did and Patrick Kane scored his first goal of the series and assisted on another while sporting a plus-two.
This was Kane’s best game of the series by far. He was fast, physical and throwing shots on Tuukka Rask (four shots). Kane totaled 24:19 minutes of total ice time and was reunited with Jonathan Toews.
This line created a little havoc early on for the Black and Gold and if the B’s want to win Game 5 at the Madhouse on Madison, they will have to contain Patrick Kane.
“They’re a good line,” Seidenberg said. “They’re very skilled, fast, so they’re tough to play against. They always have been. If you play the right way, we should be fine.”
Sure, Brent Seabrook sent the Blackhawks back to Chicago with a win, but Kane looked like he regained his form in Game 4 which is bad news for the B’s.
He was gaining position in front of B’s defensemen and Rask which is a tough task to do due to the B’s physicality.
“We have to do a better job keeping them to the outside,” Seidenberg said. “They always got in behind us and got lost in behind us. They picked up a couple of rebounds. We just have to be better in that area.”
Kane also held possession of the puck during crucial times for the Blackhawks something Bruins forwards had a tough time doing at times.
“You think you have a good lead at 3-1 and they make it 3-2 and we score a big goal the next shift to make it 4-2 and then they scored on a power play,” Kane said, who now has seven goals in the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs. “It was just kind of back and forth the rest of the game and I guess it was just our time to score. It was a fun game to play, but at the same time, you want to preserve those leads and play better when you do have those, especially late in the game.”
Kane is obviously no stranger to scoring or scoring big goals. He had 23 goals in 47 and although his goal versus the B’s may not have been huge, it is huge to his confidence and that could spell trouble for the Black and Gold.