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The Boston Bruins lost an epic battle at the TD garden last night, dropping Game Four in this series by a score of 6-5 to the Chicago Blackhawks. Brent Seabrook notched the game winner with a slap shot 9:51 into overtime. This was the third overtime game of this series that had little resemblance to the other games to start this series.
In Game Four the Bruins and Blackhawks combined for five goals in the second period. This outburst of offense featured more goals than goals scored in Game Two and Game Three combined.
This high scoring affair featured two goals from Patrice Bergeron. Zdeno Chara and Jaromir Jagr had two assists each for the Bruins, who suffered 1-0, 4-2 and 5-4 deficits throughout the game. The Bruins were able to respond very well and showed their playoff grit and experience by finding a way to even up the score when they were behind.
The last goal scored by the Bruins, just 55 seconds after Chicago took the lead, came from Johnny Boychuk after he ripped a slap shot over a sliding Johnny Oduya with 7:46 left in the third. Boychuk’s goal tied the game at five, and set up a do or die situation that had to be decided in overtime.
Tuukka Rask made 41 saves and was unable to make a save on the Chicago game winner after being screened by Jonathan Towes on Seabrook’s shot.
Corey Crawford made 28 saves and was having trouble with anything shot at him glove side. Crawford coughed up the lead three times in this game and each time it seemed as if the Bruins were intentionally shooting towards Crawford’s week glove side, which has been a theme in this Bruins-Blackhawks series.
The Bruins look to bounce back from this tough loss when they face the Blackhawks on Saturday night for Game 5 at the United Center.