Getty ImagesBOSTON – Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final featured 11 goals, back-and-forth action and wild swings in momentum. It was the most entertaining game of the series between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Boston Bruins.
Unless your name is Tuukka Rask and your job is contingent on not allowing the glorious catharsis of pucks entering nets.
“It’s not fun,” said Rask, after the Chicago Blackhawks’ 6-5 overtime win to even the series at 2-2.
“We battled back many times. Didn’t make it easy on ourselves. At the end of the day it was a one-goal game.”
True, the margin was a single goal, as it was in Game 1’s triple-overtime classic and Game 2’s tightly played sequel. But the six goals allowed by Rask equal his goals allowed in his previous five games, and it’s the first time he’s allowed a 6-spot since Jan. 31.
“It’s a 10 goal game after three,” said Rask. “Neither team was playing that well defensively, so it becomes ‘attack, attack.’”
Chicago’s attack was in stark contrast with their punchless Game 3 effort. They score on second-chance efforts on Rask, crowded his crease and screened him on shots that were finding their way through the Bruins defense in ways they hadn’t in previous games.
“Sometimes games like that happen, that are out of character for us and for them,” said defenseman Dennis Seidenberg.Read More »from Blackhawks finally crack Tuukka Rask, as Bruins defense lets him down