There are must-wins, and there are must-wins, and the Chicago Blackhawks encountered the latter in the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday.
Beat the Bruins, and the Hawks recapture home ice advantage while making the series a best-of-3. Lose, and it was another 3-1 series deficit, looking even more cavernous than the one the Hawks stared down two rounds earlier.
“We’re presenting this like a Game 7,” Hawks winger Bryan Bickell said before the game.
“If we get the win, we’ll be 2-2 going back home with momentum and home ice. Or it could be 3-1. I think it’s do or die. This is the biggest game in a lot of guys’ lives.”
A big blast from Brent Seabrook ended a wild game that spilled into yet another overtime, with the Hawks winning 6-5 in Game 4 and tying the Stanley Cup Final at 2-2. Game 5 is Saturday at the United Center.