BOSTON — The Chicago Blackhawks kept taking the lead until there were no more chances for Boston to come back and tie it.
Brent Seabrook’s slap shot beat Tuukka Rask with 9:51 gone in overtime and the Blackhawks beat the Bruins 6-5 on Wednesday night to send the Stanley Cup Final back to Chicago tied at two games apiece.
Game 5 of the best-of-seven series will be Saturday night, with Game 6 back in Boston on Monday.
Patrick Kane had a goal and an assist for the Blackhawks, who had only scored five goals total in the first three games of the series and hadn’t gotten the puck past Rask in more than 129 minutes coming into Game 4. Bryan Bickell and Michal Rozsival had two assists apiece, and Corey Crawford made 28 saves for Chicago.
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Patrice Bergeron scored twice, and Zdeno Chara and Jaromir Jagr each had two assists for Boston, which had won 11 of its previous 13 playoff games. Rask made 41 saves but he was screened on the game-winner, which quickly quieted the building where Boston had earned a dominating, 2-0 win two nights earlier.
“One of things we have talked about, get pucks to the net,” said Seabrook, a defenseman who also had the overtime goal in Game 7 of the Western Conference semifinals. “I just tried getting it on net. We had a great screen in front. … It just found a way.”
It was the third overtime game in the Stanley Cup Final, but it bore little resemblance to the three tightly contested games that opened the series.
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