BOSTON - CSNNE Bruins insider Joe Haggerty breaks down the good and the bad from the Bruins' 6-5 overtime loss to the Blackhawks in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals. The series is tied at 2.
GOLD STAR: Patrick Kane had a goal and an assist along with a plus-2, but really it could have been any member of the newly configured Kane, Jonathan Toews and Bryan Bickell line. Kane and Toews had goals in the same playoff game for the first time in Chicago’s entire Stanley Cup playoff run, and once again the Blackhawks found some magic when they teamed those two players together. Together they scored two goals, five points and had a plus-7 rating along with 11 shots on net while making the biggest impact on the series to date.
BLACK EYE: While Zdeno Chara and Tyler Seguin had the most unsightly plus/minus nights with a minus-3 for each of them, it was Dennis Seidenberg that really struggled badly through the duration of the game. It was his poorly chosen pinch in the second period that opened up an odd-man rush and left Zdeno Chara hung out to dry in an eventual Markus Kruger goal, and it was Seidenberg unable to clear the puck out in overtime just prior to Bren Seabrook’s game-winning goal. As good as the German defenseman was in Game 3, he was that bad in Game 4 and the B’s team defense had its worst effort since the first round against the Maple Leafs.
TURNING POINT: Brad Marchand had a great scoring chance in overtime that he wasn’t able to convert on among Boston’s five shots in the extra session, and – as is often the case – that turned into a chance to win in overtime for the Blackhawks. The Bruins fumbled around with the puck in their own end, Seidenberg couldn’t clear it out of the zone while Jaromir Jagr couldn’t find the puck in his legs, and it eventually turned into a game-winning snipe for Brent Seabrook in the extra session.
HONORABLE MENTION: Patrick Sharp had a big power-play goal in the third period that helped things get into overtime, and led both teams with eight shots on goal in 18:57 of ice time. Sharp was in the mix all night around the net using his speed and offensive ability, and found himself skating with Jonathan Toews and Pat Kane in the latter points of the game. Truth be told, Toews, Kane, Sharp and Bryan Bickell probably played their best games of the series in Game 4 and that’s the reason the Blackhawks managed to come out on top in overtime.
BY THE NUMBERS: minus-7 – the combined plus/minus from Game 4 for Zdeno Chara, Dennis Seidenberg and Patrice Bergeron. When that is the number for those three players, the chances of them winning are close to nil.
QUOTE TO NOTE: “It’s pretty frustrating. It was pretty sloppy of a game all around. There were too many breakdowns on our side.” --Dennis Seidenberg, lamenting the defensive lapses and overall mistakes in Boston’s game in a 6-5 overtime loss.