Bruins forward Chris Kelly said the five goals the Bruins scored proves that, in spite of their reputation as a hard-hitting, defense-first team, “we can skate with them.”
“They’re a good skating team, but so are we,” Kelly said. “I think we can keep up with any team in the league; we’ve proven that. I don’t think it’s the style of hockey that we want to play, but we have guys that can score goals just as well anyone else in the league.”
They just don’t want to.
“That’s almost the pace of how a Pittsburgh game would want to play, or a team that has so much offensive power,” forward Tyler Seguin said. “(I’m) not saying that we don’t, but we were so successful when we were being good in our own zone ... then going and scoring goals.”
One of the things that opened the game up was Chicago’s early scoring. After going more than 120 minutes without getting a puck past Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask, the Blackhawks made it 1-0 on a short-handed goal in the first seven minutes of Game 4.
Then, with the score tied after one period, Chicago took a two-goal lead — its first of the series — with a pair of goals about two minutes apart.
“We put ourselves in a hole a few times. Maybe we had to take some chances to get ourselves back,” Boston defenseman Adam McQuaid said. “It probably wasn’t a game that either team was expecting going in.”
In all, the Blackhawks led 1-0, 3-1, 4-2 and 5-4 before taking the only lead they couldn’t give back, winning 6-5 in overtime.
“I don’t think there was anything free-wheeling about our game,” said Jonathan Toews, who scored a goal and screened Rask on the game-winner. “Evidently we made a few mistakes and kept giving up goals right after we scored, and when we got the momentum, they found a way to get right back. That’s something we want to change if we can do so in the next game.”