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Chicago Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup Playoffs 2013

For the first time since the 2009-2010 season, the Chicago Blackhawks are in the NHL finals.

They face the Boston Bruins for the Stanley Cup.

The Hawks were seeded #1 in the West and defeated the Minnesota Wild in five games, then the Detroit Red Wings in seven games to meet the L.A. Kings in the conference finals.

The Blackhawks beat the Kings in double overtime in Game 5.

The full schedule for the 2013 Stanley Cup Final is:

Game 1: Wednesday, June 12, at Chicago, 7 p.m.

Game 2: Saturday, June 15, at Chicago,  7 p.m.

Game 3: Monday, June 17, at Boston, 7 p.m.

Game 4: Wednesday, June 19, at Boston, 7 p.m.

Game 5: Saturday, June 22, at Chicago, 7 p.m.

Game 6: Monday, June 24, at Boston, 7 p.m.

Game 7: Wednesday, June 26, at Chicago, 7 p.m.

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By Chris Kuc, Chicago Tribune reporter

Five times the Bruins put the puck past Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford.

And yet it wasn’t enough.

The Hawks’ offense exploded during a thrill-ride of a Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final, and after the red light flashed for the last time, the Hawks had skated to a 6-5 overtime victory Wednesday night at TD Garden.

Brent Seabrook rifled a shot past Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask 9 minutes, 51 seconds into overtime to pull the Hawks into a 2-2 tie in the best-of-seven series that will continue Saturday night at the United Center.

“We knew if we were going to lose this one, (with) Boston they have such a strong team it would be really tough to come back,” said Marian Hossa, who returned to the lineup after missing Game 3 with an upper-body injury. “It’s an even series again.”

Patrick Kane had a goal and an assist, and Jonathan Toews, Michal Handzus, Marcus Kruger and Patrick Sharp also scored as the Hawks repeatedly solved the previously stingy Rask.

“I don’t think anyone expected that before the game,” Rask said. “They’re a good offensive team. When you give them goals, and they get the lead, obviously you have to start opening up, too, and create some offense. That’s what happened. If we take something positive out of this, it’s the fact we scored five goals.”

Patrice Bergeron had two of them while Rich Peverley, Milan Lucic and Johnny Boychuk also scored for the Bruins, who twice rallied from two-goal deficits but in the end fell to the Hawks.

“Everyone was skating hard for us,” Crawford said. “We had a lot of good things going.” Crawford yielded the five scores on 33 shots but earned the victory.

“Just stick with it. No matter what happens, there will be nights where it’s high scoring. No matter how many goals go in you have to be able to pull through.”

The Hawks pulled through on Seabrook’s blast, his second game-winner in overtime this postseason.

“I was just trying to get it past the centerman (and) their forward coming out and trying to block it,” Seabrook said. “They do such a good job of blocking shots … (so) I just tried to get it past the first guy. Our forwards did a good job of getting in front and boxing out. It was just a great play.”

The Hawks struck first while short-handed when Brandon Saad stripped Bruins center Tyler Seguin of the puck and raced into the zone two-on-one with Handzus. The rookie slipped a pass to the veteran and Handzus beat Rask to the stick side.

After the Bruins tied it on Peverley’s goal, Toews snapped a 10-game goal drought to give the Hawks the lead. The captain camped in front of the net and redirected a long one-timer from Michal Rozsival through Rask’s pads.

Kane made it 3-1 in the second when he pounced on a big rebound of a Bryan Bickell shot and flipped a backhander past a diving Rask.

Lucic scored to cut the deficit, but :49 later Kruger tallied. Michael Frolik slid a pass to Kruger, and the center sent a shot that Rask stopped, but Kruger gathered the rebound and tucked it in.

The Bruins wouldn’t quit and again cut the deficit to a goal on Bergeron’s first of the night. Bergeron struck again early in the third to make it a new game.

Sharp then shoveled in a rebound of a Hossa shot to give the Hawks a rare power-play goal and a 5-4 lead past the midway point of the third.

Less than a minute later, Boychuk blasted a shot by Crawford to the glove side to set up the overtime.

“Best of three with two home games, but it doesn’t really mean much,” Sharp said. “I don’t think it matters where we play, it’s going to be an even series.”

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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.


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By Brian Hamilton Tribune reporter

Playing the part of Marian Hossa on Wednesday morning: Jamal Mayers.

But it’s anticipated Marian Hossa will be back to being himself in Game 4 against the Bruins.

Though Hossa missed the morning skate at TD Garden on Wednesday, the explosive winger should return to the lineup at a critical point of the Stanley Cup Final.

Playing the part of Marian Hossa on Wednesday morning: Jamal Mayers.

But it’s anticipated Marian Hossa will be back to being himself in Game 4 against the Bruins.

Though Hossa missed the morning skate at TD Garden on Wednesday, the explosive winger should return to the lineup at a critical point of the Stanley Cup Final.

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By Chris Kuc, Tribune reporter

It appears the Chicago Blackhawks will have the services of winger Marian Hossa for Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Boston Bruins on Wednesday night.
Coach Joel Quenneville said Tuesday, “I’m going to say (Hossa’s) likely to play” in Game 4.

Hossa was a late scratch in Game 3 on Monday night and the Hawks missed the veteran’s stalwart two-way play during a 2-0 defeat that dropped them into a 2-1 hole in the best-of-seven series.

Ben Smith replaced Hossa and said afterward he was scrambling to get warm and ready after being informed he’d play just prior to puck drop.

“Ben was ready,” Quenneville said. “I know that he was doing everything he can. We were hopeful Hossa was playing and Ben was doing everything to get ready. He was ready.”

When pressed about Smith not warming up to play in his first game of the postseason, Quenneville said: “He would have taken warm-up if we wanted him to. He knew there was a chance he was going to play. He was getting himself ready. I just didn’t want to tip our hand that there’s something going on.”

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