In the 2013 Stanley Cup Final, the Blackhawks trailed the Boston Bruins 2-1 going into a crucial Game 4 in Boston. After winning Game 1 in triple overtime, the Blackhawks had gone swiftly downhill in the series, losing Game 2 in OT and being thoroughly beaten in Game 3 in Boston. Now with a chance to tie the series and avoid going down 3-1, the Hawks came out firing in Game 4.
In one of the wackiest games in Blackhawks history, the two teams went back and forth. The Hawks held leads of 3-1 and 4-2, but somehow Boston kept beating Corey Crawford, eventually tying the game 5-5 late in third period. Regulation ended in a deadlock, and the teams headed to overtime where Brent Seabrook jumped into the spotlight for the second time in the playoffs…
Seabrook’s laser from the point beat Tuukka Rask with two Hawks setting a partial screen in front, and the Blackhawks tied the series 2-2 heading back to Chicago for Game 5. The Hawks would go on to win the next two games, and win their second Stanley Cup in four years.
Seabrook’s OT winner, and the Blackhawks’ collective effort in Game 4, changed the complexion of the series and put the Hawks back in the driver’s seat. Before Game 4, everyone was talking about how the Hawks had lost two in a row, and how bad they looked doing it. After Game 5, all of the pressure turned over to Boston. Once again the Blackhawks showed their true championship character. They got off of the mat and hit back when they were knocked down, a theme we have seen in this entire countdown.
Seabrook’s heroics in the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs were all-world worthy. As we will see tomorrow, he scored two of the biggest goals in the history of the Chicago Blackhawks. Not too shabby. There are always players who consistently show up when it matters most, and Seabs is one of those players. He is one of the most reliable defensemen on the team, and in the franchise’s history.
This was easily one of the weirdest and most exhilarating Blackhawks playoff games that I have ever watched. Going from the elation of being up 3-1 and 4-2, to being furious after a puck bounced off the glass and into the crease for an easy goal for Patrice Bergeron to tie it 4-4. To then being even more furious after Corey Crawford was beat on the glove side for the third time of the night when Boychuk tied the game 5-5 in the third. Finally being lifted up in celebration after a nail-biting overtime. Through all of the ups and down, this edition of the “Blackhawks Roller Coaster” ended in happiness, a tied series, and eventually a Stanley Cup championship.
#5 coming tomorrow…