As has become par for the course in this series, we are headed to overtime. The third period has been another back and forth battle between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Boston Bruins. Here are some of my knee jerk reactions to the third, yet not final, period of play.
It has taken 4 games, but I have discovered the way to beat both goaltenders.
This period, much like the rest of the game, has been back and forth between these two teams.
First to score was bruins center Patrice Bergeron, who netted his second goal of the night. That goal went in just over two minutes into the period. The assist on the goal was awarded to Jaromir Jagr.
It would be a little over 8 minutes before we would see another puck pass the goal posts, but the best things in life are worth waiting for.
At 11:19, while on the power play, Hawks center Patrick Sharp would fire a wrist shot past Tuuka Rask making the score 5-4. The assists on the Sharp goal were awarded to RW Marian Hossa, who has returned to the lineup tonight after missing Game 3 due to injury, and defenseman Duncan Keith.
Not even one minute would pass before Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk would take it down the ice and fire one past Hawks goaltender Corey Crawford. The assists on the Bruins last goal were awarded to RW Nathan Horton and center David Krejci.
The penalties have remained on par with the rest of the game. There were three infractions during the third period; 2 for Boston, and 1 for Chicago.
The Bruins have been on their game during the power play so far, as they have been able to convert 2 power play attempts into goals.
However, the offensive heat has still been squarely in the hands of the Blackhawks, who outshot the Bruins yet again this period 16-8. Although, and I have said this many times before, quantity does not always equal quality.
So…here we are at the end of regulation. The score is all tied up at 5.
How many overtime periods do you think we are going to see tonight? Who do you think is going to come out on top when all is said and done? Sound off in the comments below and let us know what you think!