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Chicago Wins Wild Game in Boston; Ties Series at 2 Games Each

Tuukka Rask struggled, giving up 6 goals in a Game 6 loss

Tuukka Rask was not on top of his game as he has been for most of these playoffs, giving up 6 goals on 47 shots in a 6-5 loss to the Blackhawks in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals. The game started off slowly for Boston, as they were outplayed early and gave up a shorthanded goal in the First. Boston responded later in the period with a powerplay goal by Rich Peverly.

The pace picked up quickly in an action packed second period in which 5 goals combined were scored. The up and down pace of the game favored Chicago and their star power, although heroics by Patrice Bergeron kept it close as he scored twice, in the end of the second and early in the 3rd. It looked like Boston had the momentum after Johnny Boychuk tied the game to send it into overtime. However, after a turnover in the defensive zone, Boston gave up the winner to Brent Seabrook.

A number of things jumped out at me during this game. First of all the miraculous work of the Jaromir Jagr-Patrice Bergeron pairing. Jagr recorded assits on both of Bergeron's goals, and his work behind deep in the offensive zone has been an advantage for Boston all series long. Although Jagr has not tallied a goal since April 21, his presence has been felt and his playmaking abilities are continuously giving the Bruins scoring chances. Personally, I hope he is able to break this scoring drought because he certainly deserves it. 

Another thing I noticed is the surprising lack of rebound control by Rask. I'm not going to sit here and criticize Rask's game, because without him there is no chance the Bruins even make it this far. He has been tremendous all postseason, and I have no doubts he will respond with great play for the rest of the series. However, in this game Rask gave up 6 goal, as many as he has allowed in all games combined since the start of the Eastern Conference Finals against Pittsburgh. Rask gave up multiple "juicy rebounds" as the great Jack Edwards would say, and Chicago was able to capitalize.

Although the Bruins struggled, this was one of the most intense and well played hockey games I have ever seen. I was on the edge of my seat the entire game and could not peel my eyes of the TV for more than a second without missing the great action. It is disappointing that the Bruins could not come out on top and take a commanding 3-1 series lead, however these results are what it's supposed to be like; tied 2-2 after 4. I am still very confident that our B's can come out as Stanley Cup champions, and the TD Garden will look forward to the Bruins' return for Game 6.

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