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Jun 19, 2013, 11:40 PM EDT

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Brent Seabrook doesn’t own the “Mr. Clutch” moniker for the 2013 playoffs, but he at least can claim a share.

The Chicago Blackhawks defenseman scored the 6-5 OT winner in Game 4 on Wednesday, tying the 2013 Stanley Cup Final at 2-2 and earning his second overtime game-winner of the 2013 postseason. Let’s try to make a modicum of sense of this thrilling and wacky game.

  • Where would you rank this contest among this postseason’s most exciting games? Is it the best of the Stanley Cup Final? Could there be a stronger contrast to the dead-legged play in Game 3?
  • The Blackhawks won, but they have some soul-searching to do. They squandered leads in rapid fashion. Corey Crawford‘s glove generated more than a few Twitter jokes and this video from Keith Jones:
  • Both power plays produced offense tonight. Does this open the floodgates for the Blackhawks? Should Chicago’s PK unit worry about a buzzing Boston unit?
  • It was a great night for Chicago stars Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews and Patrick Sharp, but what about Marian Hossa? Did he look far off to you?
  • If Nick Leddy is hurt (and not just in Joel Quenneville’s doghouse), who should take his place?
  • Can Milan Lucic be the difference-maker? He already has three goals in this series.
  • This has been a “coming out party” to some for Patrice Bergeron. Where do you rank him among the NHL’s best two-way forwards?
  • So, which team has the advantage now? The Bruins still have to feel good about the way they’re playing, although the Blackhawks looked like their dominant selves again …
  1. hockeyfan28 - Jun 19, 2013 at 11:43 PM

    Just an incredible series that seems destined for 7 games and hats off to Pierre for getting his Penguins reference out of the way in the first period

    • ucaneverscorenoughgoals - Jun 19, 2013 at 11:51 PM

      That game finally presented some entertaining hockey. Let’s go Hawks!!

      • adambballn - Jun 19, 2013 at 11:56 PM

        Finally? Did you miss the first 2 games?

      • ucaneverscorenoughgoals - Jun 20, 2013 at 8:37 AM

        No I saw them. I just don’t find 2-1 interference fests to be entertaining. Game 1 was enetertaining games 2 and 3 were awful.

      • adambballn - Jun 20, 2013 at 11:39 AM

        Fair enough.

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jun 20, 2013 at 7:06 AM

      Incredible in the sense it was an ugly display of hockey. Both teams played poorly making gaff after gaff. Not worth the price of admission to watch two of the best teams put on a poor display. Hope it goes 7 games, but more importantly hope we get to see the sort of play these 2 teams provided in games 1, 2 and 3.

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Jun 20, 2013 at 3:29 PM

        Hockey has been called a game of mistakes, in as much as if no one ever makes a mistake, no one ever scores a goal. If the defense plays perfectly, no goals ever. But mistakes must still be taken advantage of, and last night we saw just that, repeatedly, sometimes brilliantly.

      • valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jun 20, 2013 at 3:59 PM

        I disagree. Teams make mistakes, and these mistakes do not necessary lead to goals. Sometimes you lose games though none of the goals were scored on a account of a bad defensive mistake. Truth is you can’t control certain aspects of the game which can lead to goals. Bad call by a ref can be followed up by a perfectly executed pass on the PP giving no chance to the goalie. A goal can be a deflection off your own player and end up in the net. Or, a bounce of the glass behind the net, puck lands on top of the net, then bounces onto the stick of the opposing players stick. Sound familiar? It should because it happened last night. Bad clears, bad pinches are things players control. These are elite players playing for the ultimate prize, and need to held accountable by their coaches for poor play. I don’t see what the issue is with respect to calling out their terrible play. Obviously if your a fan you enjoy what you say last night. If your a coach you ought to be pissed.

  2. drewzducks - Jun 19, 2013 at 11:44 PM

    Anyone who thought this was over after game 3 is an imbecile, or greenmountsboys.

  3. Stiller43 - Jun 19, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    Lol still finding a way to talk about the pens, cute.

    Great series so far! Go hawks!

  4. ruddigervancity - Jun 19, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    Yeaaahhhh. More great hockey.

  5. nothanksimdriving123 - Jun 19, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    Wow, what a game! Series on! Two out of three for the Cup. Love it.

  6. comeonnowguys - Jun 19, 2013 at 11:46 PM

    Best of three, soon to be best of one. Ladies and gentlemen, hug your TV before you head for bed tonight.

  7. hammerhead5573 - Jun 19, 2013 at 11:46 PM

    It’s games like this where I laugh at all the sh!t talkers. Last game several people suggested Raske was in the Hawks head which is laughable. He had a shut out which was amazing but like any goalie, he can be beaten. I’m a realist and this series is going 7 games. And by the way even though I am a hawk fan, I am becoming very respectful of the bruins. Neither of these teams will EVER quit. Good night folks

  8. r8rbhawk - Jun 19, 2013 at 11:48 PM

    Chara had himself a night, he was on the ice for at least 5 of the 6 goals the Hawks scored. He may have been on for all 6

    • homelanddefense - Jun 20, 2013 at 9:28 AM

      he looked terrible. Either all these minutes are starting to add up, or he is hurt.

  9. jimw81 - Jun 19, 2013 at 11:49 PM

    Briere and Bryz get another 48 hrs as a member of the Philadelphia Flyers

  10. icelovinbrotha215 - Jun 19, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    11 goals eh? Didn’t see that coming. Saturday looks to provide yet another entertaining game.

  11. titansbro - Jun 19, 2013 at 11:52 PM

    Incredible game. Sucks the Bruins lost but Tuukka has shown that he doesn’t have 2 bad ones in a row. I expect far less goals in the next one, at least for Chicago, unless Crawford can get his glove side figured out.

    • adambballn - Jun 19, 2013 at 11:55 PM

      Crawford was awful tonight too… He’ll bounce back and so will Tuuka. Should be a great game 5.

    • r8rbhawk - Jun 19, 2013 at 11:57 PM

      The Hawks have proved the can light up Rask, I’d be more worried about the impregnable Bruins D, your top tandem was owned tonight.

  12. adambballn - Jun 19, 2013 at 11:53 PM

    Best of 3 now, Hawks got home ice back… Can’t wait for Saturday!

  13. tdrusher225 - Jun 19, 2013 at 11:56 PM

    As a Bruins fan, that was one of the greatest hockey games I’ve ever seen. Tough one to lose, but the Hawks deserved it. It looks like the winner of Game 5 may determine this series. This has been nothing short of epic and it seems the best is yet to come.

    Go B’s!

  14. dadawg77 - Jun 19, 2013 at 11:57 PM

    Hawks have the advantage as the Hawks haven’t lost a game on NBC in Stanley Cup Final. They also haven’t won on NBCSN in the Stanley Cup Final.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Jun 20, 2013 at 12:10 AM

      Yes, the US network carrying the game is indeed the sole determinant in who wins. Well, that and what color neckties the coaches wear, and their choice of socks of course, and whether any of the ushers own black cats or walk under ladders, not to mention…

      • dadawg77 - Jun 25, 2013 at 12:17 AM

        Still haven’t lost a Stanley Cup Final game on NBC.

    • adambballn - Jun 20, 2013 at 11:39 AM


  15. malkinrulez - Jun 20, 2013 at 12:00 AM

    That was the Rask I expected in ECF’S . Game 5 will be interesting, does Rask bounce back or does his play continue to slip. My guess is he bounces back, I know one thing I’ll be watching , fun hockey to watch

    • tdrusher225 - Jun 20, 2013 at 1:15 AM

      I don’t think it’s a question of Rask, because he was certainly the better of the two goalies. The question is do the Blackhawks continue to get pressure and 2nd chance opportunities in front of the net.

  16. greenmtnboy31 - Jun 20, 2013 at 12:02 AM

    Refs worked hard, but Chicago got ’em in the end.

  17. r8rbhawk - Jun 20, 2013 at 12:02 AM

    Putting away my homer hat for a minute, props to the Bs for never giving up. This game was an instant classic. Glad the Hawks won, now I can actually rewatch it.

  18. blomfeld - Jun 20, 2013 at 12:14 AM


    As an ardent and values-driven supporter of the current reigning Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings, I for one receive this news of a Black Hawks’ victory with great satisfaction. The Boston Bruins featuring ‘human freak’ Chara were defeated tonight and so now the path lays clear for ‘decency’ to carry the day in the end. Too funny and so wonderful !!!!!!!! :)

    • blomfeld - Jun 20, 2013 at 1:04 AM

      ps: and for those of you new to the game, please know that Brad Marchand = Willard !

    • indianhead1992 - Jun 20, 2013 at 3:01 AM

      Just to let you know, since Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals, the Kings are not reigning champs anymore.

      • bhunter47 - Jun 20, 2013 at 9:27 AM

        If you want to be technical, they are, since the Stanley Cup has not been awarded yet this year.

  19. 19to77 - Jun 20, 2013 at 12:30 AM

    It’s games like this that make me remember exactly why I love hockey. Holy sh*t, what a battle. No give from anyone, and no lead proof against a comeback.

    What. A. Game.

  20. princeton155 - Jun 20, 2013 at 12:56 AM

    I am amazed that all the BS talking has come to a screeching halt(stoopidfool). Now we can get back to some intelligent talk.Great game by two great teams,can’t wait till Saturday!

  21. homelanddefense - Jun 20, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    What an amazing series between to VERY evenly matched teams. Props to Chicago for breaking out of the funk and making the Bruins play the Hawks type of game. Both teams have proven to be effective in the other teams style, now there are 2-3 games left to see which team can impose its will on the other.

    (Bruins fan)

  22. ilikejay - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    I presume you can play better? I think they played awesome myself. They are human beings, and this why the game is actually played. The margin of error is so tight, that the slightest miscue at the fastest speed the guys can go is pretty amazing to watch. The plays are not smooth as silk, because they are awesome on defense, and getting into the passing lanes. Keith over committed a couple times, but he is so crucial to their success. I applaud both teams, I think it has been very memorable to watch.
    When I was a kid, I remember Boston being the team to beat, they always won. And then the Canadians. It’s nice to see the Hawks competing again. And I especially like it with Boston.

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