Thursday, January 18, 2018
Tampa Bay Lightning

Blackhawks even NHL Stanley Cup final vs. Bruins

Stanley Cup final

BRUINS 2, BLACKHAWKS 2

Game 1: Blackhawks 4, Bruins 3 3 OT

Game 2: Bruins 2, Blackhawks 1 OT

Game 3: Bruins 2, Blackhawks 0

Wed.: Blackhawks 6, Bruins 5 OT

Saturday: at Chicago, 8, Ch. 8

Monday: at Boston, 8, Ch. 8

June 26: at Chicago, 8, Ch. 8 *

* If necessary



BOSTON — Brent Seabrook scored 9:51 into overtime to give the Blackhawks a 6-5 win that tied the best-of-seven Stanley Cup final at two games apiece on Wednesday.

The series becomes a best-of-three starting Saturday in Chicago.

Seabrook picked up a deflected pass at the right point and stepped into a 45-foot shot that sailed past several bodies before landing in the back of the net behind Boston goaltender Tuukka Rask.

"(Seabrook) has done it tons of times for us in overtime; not just in this playoff run," Chicago center Patrick Sharp said. "When he made the play at the blue line, I think a lot of guys on the bench knew it was going to find a way in."

It was the defenseman's third goal of this postseason and second in overtime. He put Chicago into the West final by winning Game 7 against Detroit.

"One of those games," Seabrook said of a game that featured 11 goals, one fewer than the teams scored in the first three games combined. "We got a few goals, and they had to answer that. And it just was one of those games where they got a few on the power play, and we got some bounces. It was a big game. It was nice to get a few past Tuukka."

This is the first final with three overtime games since 1993, when the Canadiens won each to beat the Kings in five.

The Bruins forced overtime Wednesday by tying the score twice in the third. Patrice Bergeron's second goal of the game made it 4-4 2:05 into the third.

Sharp made it 5-4 with 8:41 left with the Blackhawks' first power-play goal in 30 chances. But Boston came right back 55 seconds later on Johnny Boychuk's 40-foot shot. All five Bruins goals were to the glove side of goalie Corey Crawford.

Rask posted his third shutout of the postseason on Monday. He began Game 4 with a shutout streak of 122 minutes, 26 seconds.

That ended at 129:14 when Michal Handzus scored a shorthanded goal 6:48 into the game.

Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane led the Blackhawks with 23 goals each this season, and neither had scored a goal in the Cup finals. In fact, Toews had gone 10 games without one and now has two goals in 21 playoff games this season.

He gave Chicago a 2-1 lead at 6:33 of the second. Michal Rozsival fired a low rising shot from the right point that Toews tipped in near the right post.

Just 2:08 later, Kane made it 3-1. Bryan Bickell shot the puck from low in the left circle. Rask deflected it to the other side then scrambled to get back in position. But Kane converted the rebound.

Around the league: The Flyers will buy out the final two years of center Danny Briere's contract, espn.com reported. Last season, his 15th, Briere, 35, had six goals and 10 assists over 34 games. The move would save the Flyers' $6.5 million for next season's salary cap. … The Red Wings and city of Detroit agreed to a $650 million development plan that will include a new 18,000-seat arena and residential, retail and office space. There will be $367 million in private investment and $283 million in public funds. The first season of the new arena has not been determined.

Blackhawks13116
Bruins12205

First Period1, Chicago, Handzus 3 (Saad), 6:48 (sh). 2, Boston, Peverley 2 (Ference), 14:43 (pp). PenaltiesOduya, Chi (interference), 5:18; Keith, Chi (hooking), 12:45; Shaw, Chi (roughing), 12:45; Kelly, Bos (roughing), 12:45; Horton, Bos (slashing), 18:16; Keith, Chi (tripping), 18:58.

Second Period3, Chicago, Toews 2 (Rozsival), 6:33. 4, Chicago, Kane 7 (Bickell, Rozsival), 8:41. 5, Boston, Lucic 6 (Chara), 14:43. 6, Chicago, Kruger 3 (Frolik, Bolland), 15:32. 7, Boston, Bergeron 8 (Chara, Jagr), 17:22 (pp). PenaltiesBoston bench, served by Thornton (too many men), 9:58; Kane, Chi (hooking), 16:24.

Third Period8, Boston, Bergeron 9 (Jagr), 2:05. 9, Chicago, Sharp 10 (Hossa, Keith), 11:19 (pp). 10, Boston, Boychuk 6 (Horton, Krejci), 12:14. PenaltiesToews, Chi (high-sticking), 8:51; Jagr, Bos (high-sticking), 9:13; Krejci, Bos (hooking), 10:20.

Overtime11, Chicago, Seabrook 3 (Bickell, Kane), 9:51. PenaltiesNone. Shots on GoalChicago 12-13-16-6—47. Boston 9-11-8-5—33. Power-play opportunitiesChicago 1 of 4; Boston 2 of 5. GoaliesChicago, Crawford 14-7-0 (33 shots-28 saves). Boston, Rask 14-6-0 (47-41).

   
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