There weren't a ton of them—but several former NCAA players got their names on the scoresheet in Wednesday's 6-5 overtime win by the Chicago Blackhawks over the host Boston Bruins in Game 4 of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final.
Rich Peverley (St. Lawrence) scored the Bruins' first goal, while Jonathan Toews (North Dakota) responded with a marker for the Blackhawks.
"I haven't played well or created chances since the Toronto series," said Peverley after the game to CSSNE.com. "So I think it's been better. Last game I was good. And tonight was better, personally."
Patrick Sharp (Vermont) put Chicago up 5-4 in the third period on a power-play goal, his 10th tally of the 2013 Playoffs, with Duncan Keith (Michigan State) assisting on Sharp's go-ahead goal in the back-and-forth contest that saw Boston rebound from multiple deficits before Brent Seabrook's slapshot ended the affair in overtime.
“It’s a lot more fun that we came out with the win, but it was entertaining hockey,” said Sharp to The Hockey News afterwards. “It was a lot of fun to be part of. There was some trash-talking going on between the two teams, there were some scrums, big hits, a lot of clean hockey, a lot of good playoff hockey. It’s easy to say that when we win, but it’s been a great series from the beginning.”
Viktor Stalberg (Vermont) posted two hits, one shot on goal, and also blocked one shot for the Blackhawks, and Torey Krug (Michigan State) notched four shots on goal and three hits for the Bruins.
"I feel like last game was a good step in the right direction," continued Peverley at CSSNE.com. "And getting a goal tonight, it was good, but it’s just frustrating you can’t get one when you want to win."
The series is now tied at two wins apiece, with three of the games having been decided in OT, including both of the Blackhawks' victories. Game 5 is Saturday night in Chicago, while Game 6—the potential Cup clincher—will be Monday evening in Boston.