Stanley Cup Finals Game #5: Boston Bruins at Chicago Blackahwks

2013 Stanley Cup Finals, Game #5
#4 Boston Bruins at #1 Chicago Blackhawks
Best of Seven Series Tied 2-2
Saturday, June 22, 2013, 8:05 pm Eastern, TV: NBC
United Center – Chicago, Illinois
Opening Line: Blackhawks -150 / Bruins +130
Current Line: Blackhawks -150 / Bruins +130
Opening Total: under 5 -110 / over 5 -110
Current Total: under 5 -150/ over 5 +130

Chicago and Boston are tied at 2-2 in the Stanley Cup Finals. Game Five is Saturday night in Chicago.

Chicago and Boston are tied at 2-2 in the Stanley Cup Finals. Game Five is Saturday night in Chicago.

Three of the four games in the Stanley Cup Finals have gone into overtime. Now, the Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins go back to Chicago with the series tied 2-2, and it is a best of three series now. It is the fourth time in five years that the Cup  Finals have been tied at 2 games apiece. In 2010, the Blackhawks were tied with the Philadelphia Flyers and Chicago would go on to win the Cup in six games for the first time since 1961. The next year, the Bruins were tied 2-2 against the Vancouver Canucks and would go on to win the Cup in seven games for the first time since 1972.

After a 4-3 Chicago win in triple overtime in game one, Boston would win 2 low scoring games in a row, 2-1 in overtime in game two and 2-0 in game three. Game four would become a wild high scoring affair.

Chicago would score first almost 7 minutes in on a shorthanded goal from Michal Handzus. Boston would tie it up with just over 5 minutes to go on a power play goal from Rich Peverly. Early second period goals by Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane would give Chicago a 3-1 lead. Milan Lucic would score for the Bruins to make is 3-2. Chicago would take a 4-2 lead on a goal from Marcus Kruger. Bruins’ center Patrice Bergeron scored to make it 4-3 Chicago. The last 3 goals were scored in a 2 minutes and 30 seconds span just before the end of the second.

Bergeron would score again 2 minutes into the third to tie it up. Patrick Sharp would score the first Chicago power play goal of the series with just over 9 minutes to go. Johnny Boychuk would tie it up at 5 less than a minute later. Neither would score again in regulation. In overtime,  Blackhawks’ defenseman Brent Seabrook would score the game winner just seconds before the midway point of the period. Twenty two different players scored a point in game four.

Chicago LW Bryan Bickell and D Michal Rozsival both had 2 assists. Bruins’ defenseman Zdeno Charo and right wing Jaormir Jagr had 2 assists as well. Chicago took 47 shots and Boston had 33. The Bruins won 39 face-offs and the Blackhawks won 38. Chicago was 1 for 4 on the power play and Boston was 2 for 5.

Chicago goalie Corey Crawford made 28 saves with a save percentage of .848. Of the 12 goals he has allowed in this series, 10 of them have been scored on his glove side. Boston goalie Tukka Rask made 41 saves with a save percentage of .872.

Boston is coached by Claude Julien. The Bruins are averaging 3.10 goals per game and giving up 2.05 in the playoffs. Boston is averaging 37 shots per game and giving up 35. The Bruins are 11 for 59 on the power play or 18.6%. Boston has allowed 2 short handed goals. The Bruins are 8 for 67 on the penalty kill in the playoffs or 88.1%. The Bruins have one short  handed goal.  The Bruins have won 55.8% of face-offs, which is the best among playoff teams. The Bruins are averaging 10.1 penalty minutes per game.

Goalie Tukka Rask is 14-6 in the playoffs with a 1.83 goals against average. He has allowed 41 goals on 699 shots faced. His save percentage is .941 and he has three shutouts. Rask was on the Bruins’ practice squad during their Cup run in 2011.

Center David Krejci leads the playoffs in points and goals with 24 and 9 respectively.  Right wing Nathan Horton has 7 goals and 12 assists. He injured his shoulder in game one but has played every game in the series. Left wing Milan Lucic has 6 goals and 11 assists. Left wing Brad Marchand has 4 goals and 9 assists.   Defenseman Zdeno Chara has 2 goals and 12 assists.  Center Patrice Bergeron has 9 goals and 6 assists. Rookie defenseman Torey Krug has 4 goals and 2 assists. Veteran right wing Jaomir Jagr has 10 assists. He is playing the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time in 21 years, a record among the four major sports.  The Bruins need to get more production from talented young center Tyler Seguin who only has a goal and 6 assists in the playoffs. Center Gregory Campbell broke his leg against the Penguins and is out for the season.

Chicago is coached by Joel Quenneville. In the playoffs the Blackhawks are scoring 2.76 goals per game and allowing 2.14. Chicago is averaging 35 shots per game and is allowing 30 per game. Chicago has struggled on the power play in the playoffs converting only 8 out of 66 chances or 11.3%. Chicago has only allowed seven power play goals in 72 times shorthanded or 90.3%. The Blackhawks have two shorthanded goals in the playoffs. Chicago has won 46.5% of their face-offs. Chicago is averaging 9.4 penalty minutes per game.

Chicago goalie Corey Crawford is 14-7 in the playoffs with a 1.86 goals against average. He has a save percentage of .931 and has one shutout. He has allowed 43 goals with 624 shots faced. He was the back-up goalie on the Blackhawks’ Cup run in 2010.

Right wing Marian Hossa has 7 goals and 9 assists. Hossa is probable with an upper body injury, after missing game 3 earlier in the series. Center Patrick Sharp has 10 goals and 6 assists. Right wing Patrick Kane has 7 goals and 10 assists. Left wing Brian Bickell has 8 goals and 7 assists. Defenseman Duncan Keith has 2 goals and 10 assists.   Center Michal Handzus has 11 points. Center Jonathan Toews has 10 points. Center Andrew Shaw has 9 points.  Center Michael Frolik has 3 goals and 4 assists. Defenseman Steve Montador is out for the season with a concussion but he hasn’t played since early March.

Boston is 5-0 after the opponent allows 5 goals or more, 4-1 after allowing 5 goals or more, and on 2 days rest, 11-3 against teams with winning records, and overall, 27-9 after scoring 5 goals or more, 8-3 against Central Division teams, 3-7 in Saturday games.

Chicago is 6-2 against Northeast teams, 12-4 in Saturday games,  9-3 against Eastern Conference teams, 37-14 after a win, 50-19 overall, 41-16 at home, 36-15 after scoring 5 goals or more, 20-9 after the opponent scores 5 goals or more, 36-17 after the opponent allows 5 goals or more, and 5-14 after allowing 5 goals or more.

It is hard to figure out what is going to happen next in this series. Each team has won once at home and once on the road. Chicago’s wins have been high scoring shootouts and Boston’s have been low scoring affairs. It makes for exciting hockey, but also makes it difficult to handicap. I do think Boston wins a close game on the road, but it could be another overtime game. These two teams are that evenly matched.

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