Jun 19, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50) and defenseman Michal Rozsival (32) defend the net during the first period in game four of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Harry How/Pool Photo via USA TODAY Sports

Knee Jerk Reaction: Chicago Blackhawks vs. Boston Bruins in Game 4 – 1st Period

Here we are again, ladies and gentleman. We are now at the end of the first period of play between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Boston Bruins in Game 4 of the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals. Here are some of my knee jerk reactions to the first twenty minutes.

First blood is always the sweetest, but it gets even sweeter when it is shorthanded.

As Blackhawks defenseman Johnny Oduya sat in the box for 2 minutes for his Interference with Bruins center Tyler Seguin, Hawks center Michal Handzus fired one into the net, making the score 1-0 Chicago. The assist on the Handzus goal goes to Hawks LW Brandon Saad.

Unfortunately for the Hawks, the Bruins were not about to sit back on their heels and let the Hawks have all the fun.

While on the Power Play, Bruins center Rich Peverley fired a snap shot past Hawks net minder Corey Crawford, tying the score at one.

Speaking of the Power Play, it seems like both sides of the ice have had their fair share of infractions this period. Of course, it wouldn’t be a hockey game if there wasn’t at least a little rough and tumble.

There have been a total of 6 infractions so far; 4 from Chicago, and 2 from Boston. Half of those penalties were assessed during a fight that broke out at around 12:45 in the period. One to Duncan Keith for Hooking Bruins center Chris Kelly, one to Andrew Shaw for Roughing Kelly, and then one to Kelly for Roughing Shaw.

It was that power play that allowed the goal by Peverley.

While it may not seem like it, the Blackhawks have been the dominating force on the offense so far. Shots on goal through the first 20 minutes were 12-9 Chicago. Faceoff wins are following the same trend.

I honestly think that if the Hawks want to get back into the driver’s seat, they need to concentrate on staying out of the box. They have more than enough firepower, they just need to keep all their men on the ice.

So…here we are at the end of the first intermission, and the score between the Blackhawks and the Bruins is all tied up at one.

Do you think that penalties have been a hindrance to the Hawks in the first period of play, or has Tuukka Rask just been on his game enough to keep the Hawks at bay? Sound off in the comments below and let us know!


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