No one can say the Stanley Cup Final hasn’t lived up to the hype.
With the Chicago Blackhawks trailing 2-1 in the series, they entered Game 4 facing a must-win scenario—and in stunning fashion, they answered the call yet again.
Defenseman Brent Seabrook found himself in position to break the 5-5 overtime tie and propel his team to a massive victory against the Boston Bruins, and he took full advantage with a slap shot from 45 feet that sailed over the stick of Boston goalie Tuukka Rask.
Rask appeared not to have seen the puck until the last second, presumably bothered by traffic in front of the net. The slap shot made its way past an unsuspecting Dennis Seidenberg and found the side of the net for the game-winner.
It was the third game of the series to go to overtime, the first of which was decided in a triple-overtime Blackhawks victory. If the remainder of the series plays out as it has so far, each of the final games will be must-watch affairs.
With the win, Chicago returns home with a great deal of momentum. Rask has been incredible throughout the Stanley Cup playoffs, but the Blackhawks proved Wednesday night that he isn't unbeatable.
For Seabrook, playing the hero is nothing new. The defenseman also netted the game-winning goal in overtime of Game 7 of the Western Conference Semifinals. If he plays as he did on Wednesday when Chicago returns home, the Blackhawks could find themselves with a commanding 3-2 series lead in short order.
Game 5 will take place Saturday evening at the United Center in Chicago.