Patrice Bergeron notched two goals for the Bruins, but they fell 6-5 in overtime in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final versus the Blackhawks on Wednesday night.
With all things even right now and each team's goalie enduring an "off" night, the talented two-way center has emerged as a legitimate Conn Smythe contender. Bergeron now has four goals in the Final, and he's recorded nine goals and 15 points in 20 playoff games thus far. Boston never held a lead in this game, going down by two goals twice. Rich Peverley, Milan Lucic and Johnny Boychuk were the other goal scorers for the Bruins. Veterans Zdeno Chara and Jaromir Jagr each picked up two helpers apiece. Lucic had a game-high eight hits.
Brent Seabrook scored the overtime game-winning goal for the Blackhawks in their 6-5 victory Wednesday night against the Bruins.
The Blackhawks prevail in the wildest game of the Stanley Cup Final yet, pulling them even in the series, 2-2. Three of the four tilts have gone overtime, but this one was a totally different beast as offense led the way. These two teams combined for 12 goals in the entire series prior to this game. Chicago got on the board first with Michal Handzus' shorthanded marker, and it then took two two-goal advantages: 3-1 (with goals from Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane) and 4-2 (with a goal from Marcus Kruger). Patrick Sharp netted a goal in the third period to give the Hawks a 5-4 lead as well. Kane also notched an assist. Michal Rozsival picked up two assists and was a game-high plus-three, while Sharp led the way with eight shots on goal. Niklas Hjalmarsson finished a game-low minus-three. We are lucky to be witnessing a tremendous Stanley Cup Final.
Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman said the Lightning will "consider" using their buyout options this offseason.
"It's something to consider. ' Given that we finished in 28th place, we should be looking at every possibility of improving our team and what are options are," Yzerman said. "Other than that, I can't say much." Vincent Lecavalier could be bought out as he is 33 with seven years left on a deal with a cap hit of close to $8 million.
Henrik Lundqvist vehemently denied that he had a hand in the firing of Rangers coach John Tortorella.
"I know there is some speculation regarding Torts being fired, but let's be clear on one thing," Lundqvist said via an e-mail on Wednesday. "It's not my call who the coach should be for the New York Rangers. I would never put pressure on the management on decisions like that. I'm just a player. My focus is to play the game and do the best I can on the ice. Whatever [happens] off the ice, I leave to our great staff we have working for this club." He also stated that he had a "great relationship" with Tortorella and he feels bad that he was let go by the organization.
Bryan Bickell is projected to start Game 4 on a line with Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane.
The trio helped get Chicago's offense going in Games 4 and 5 against the Los Angeles Kings and coach Joel Quenneville is hoping they can get something going again versus the stingy Boston Bruins. "Yeah, it worked good late in the L.A. series," Bickell said. "We had a couple goals, with Kaner's hat trick to finish up the series. Hopefully it sparks each other and the team." Bickell, Kane and Toews haven't scored a goal yet in the Stanley Cup Finals.
TSN's Darren Dreger is hearing that Alain Vigneault will officially be named the next head coach of the New York Rangers on Friday.
His hiring was first reported Saturday and he's believed to have agreed to a five-year, $10 million deal after being dismissed by the Vancouver Canucks.
Marian Hossa is expected to play Wednesday night in Game 4 despite missing the Blackhawks' morning skate.
Coach Joel Quenneville said "He's fine." Jamal Mayars practiced on the second line during the session, but he also expects Hossa to play. Hossa has seven goals and 15 points in 19 playoff games, so he'll be a welcome addition to the lineup as Chicago searches for more offense against Boston.