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Momentum shifts by the minute in 2013 Stanley Cup Final

Jun 21, 2013, 12:10 AM EDT

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First, the Boston Bruins looked like they had the upper hand.

Then it was the Chicago Blackhawks. And that was just the first game of the Stanley Cup Final.

We’re now heading into Game 5 on Saturday in Chicago, and the changes in momentum have been numerous, not just overall in the series, but from game-to-game, period-to-period, shift-to-shift.

Take Game 4 on Wednesday night. The Blackhawks were victorious in a wild 6-5 overtime thriller. They had a pair of two-goal leads on the night, but the Bruins fought back to even the score.

The two teams combined for five goals in 11 minutes in the second period of Wednesday’s game.

Chicago then took the lead again in the third period, only to have Boston tie the game up again and force overtime, and a last-goal wins scenario.

“Yeah, I mean a lot of occasions, these finals especially, the momentum shifts and both teams have their moments,” Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask told reporters on Thursday.

“We just try to recognize what the situation is and not get too much carried away about the losses or wins and just try to stay even-keel and try to play our game as good as we can and hope that the result will be good.”

So, after Wednesday, which team has the momentum heading into the weekend?

Is it the Bruins, who have already won once in Chicago this series, or the Blackhawks, who found life in Game 4 after being shelled two days earlier?


  1. bigbadbruins77 - Jun 21, 2013 at 12:38 AM

    Bruins in 6. They’ll slow the game down and win with better goalie, d, and depth.

    • no - Jun 21, 2013 at 2:24 AM

      those are some pretty broad claims that, if true, would probably mean that this series would be over by now

      • dropthepuckeh - Jun 21, 2013 at 7:21 AM

        Pretty sure the article asked for predictions so not exactly a “bold claim”.

        I agree, Bruins in 6. Will be nice to see them win on home ice this year….

      • bigbadbruins77 - Jun 21, 2013 at 9:58 AM

        You realize 2 goals the other way in it and they’d raise the cup already? Especially with the Oh so close chances

      • lombardisshineinfoxborough - Jun 21, 2013 at 2:10 PM

        I don’t necc think it’s a bold claim either, but honestly feel the Hawks could just as easily win in 6 as well. These two teams are so close I wouldn’t be surprised if the next two games go to OT, in which case if the same team gets the bounce in both extra frames, it’s done in 6.

        Couldn’t ask for a better Cup final between 2 great cities/franchises. It will hurt like hell if the Bs lose, but if it has to happen I’m glad Chicago will be on the other end.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jun 21, 2013 at 3:03 AM

      Chicago doesn’t want to see Game 7 because the Bruins will do exactly that. Hawks in 6 or Bruns in 7, and I say Hawks.

  2. Stiller43 - Jun 21, 2013 at 12:41 AM

    Howd that work out for them at home in game 4?

    • bigbadbruins77 - Jun 21, 2013 at 10:00 AM

      Didn’t know the cup was in the house for game 4. Nice ot win again. Hawks can’t win in regulation

      • baned0n - Jun 21, 2013 at 12:27 PM


        Do regulation wins count double?

      • bigbadbruins77 - Jun 21, 2013 at 3:22 PM

        A shut out domination in regulation shows much more than a fling at net in 3rd ot into traffic and prey.

  3. nothanksimdriving123 - Jun 21, 2013 at 1:04 AM

    Neither. It will go 7 and then on into OT and it will still be going on Canada Day.

    • ballistictrajectory - Jun 21, 2013 at 10:49 AM

      Headline: “Stanley Cup Finals Game 7 OT to Resume after Winter Olympics”

  4. spitfisher - Jun 21, 2013 at 8:12 AM

    “get the duck boats read…” not just yet, but get them ready anyway

  5. richwizl - Jun 21, 2013 at 9:32 AM

    It’s all even, very even, and both teams will be flying on Saturday night. Both fan bases have to like their team’s chances. Go Bruins!

  6. lostpuppysyndrome - Jun 21, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    Gotta love this series, even if you’re not cheering for either team. Just unbelievably entertaining.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Jun 21, 2013 at 4:26 PM

      ESPECIALLY if you’re not cheering for either team!!

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